Where will you take your writing?

Where will your writing take you?

A week long writing intensive in Labro, Italy, November 9th-15th, 2014, for writers seeking to deepen their connection to their written work.

This retreat is generously hosted by the beautiful Colle di Costa 4-star hotel, a renovated monastery just outside the exquisite, medieval hill town of Labro, Italy, 70 miles north east of Rome.

Deep in the Italian countryside, Labro is an ideal retreat for writers seeking time, solitude, and space in which to write.

Explore the sacred Rieti valley, dine on locally grown and harvested food at Ristorante Ulisse, take in the local culture, and be a part of a creative community of writers and artists.

Workshop space is limited to ten participants. This intimate workshop is for writers and artists interested in connecting to the deep and plentiful source of their creativity.

West Tisbury, Massachusetts, Poet Laureate, Justen Ahren will facilitate the workshop. For the past ten years Mr. Ahren has led workshops on Martha’s Vineyard. He is the founder and Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts and co-founder of the Featherstone/Noepe Summer Festival. Mr. Ahren has an MFA in Writing from Emerson College. He has read in Mexico, Boston, Seattle, Tacoma, New York City, Key West, Austin, and Dallas. His poetry has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Testimonials: “I make a list for Thanksgiving of things I am grateful for, and the Italy retreat was one of the things on it. I got so much out of it both for my writing and for deepening my life, it was certainly worth it.”
–Kate M., Los Angeles

“You provided such a safe place in which to share my writing. I am forever grateful.” –Christina V., Toronto

“Justen, What can I say? Thank you for believing in us.” Rose C., NYC



Costs and Details

The cost of the retreat and workshop is $1,395.00.


Six nights accommodation at the 4-star Colle di Costa hotel

Daily breakfast

Sunday Evening reception

Five day intensive workshop

*Transportation to and from Labro is the responsibility of each participant. However, we can arrange to meet you at the train station in Terni, Italy.

*Meals, other than breakfast, are the responsibility of individual participants. There is an excellent restaurant in the hotel and many nearby establishments.

To apply: email justenahren@hotmail.com. In the subject put Italy Workshop. In the body of your email, or as an attachment, include a bio, a brief writing sample (up to 10 pages) and a statement about your writing, for example, your relationship to your writing, your goals in writing, and why you want to take this particular workshop.