Where will you take your writing?

Where will your writing take you?

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

West Tisbury Poet Laureate Justen Ahren will lead this week-long workshop in the ancient hill town of Orvieto, Italy. This workshop explores principles, such as devotion, prayer, and surrender, found in monastic practices, and applies these ‘acts’ to writing and creativity. Cultivate a deep connection to your written expression and access the beauty and abundance that can invigorate your work.

Orvieto, 1 hour North of Rome, is an inspiring town with many fine restaurants, shops, and cultural venues. Our hotel for the week is the Hotel Duomo on Orvieto’s famous main square.

Cost $1,395.00 includes: 6 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, and 5 days of intensive and extensive writing. To learn more email justenahren@hotmail.com. Justen Ahren is founder and director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Edgartown, Ma. He has taught and performed at festivals and conferences in Seattle, Boston, Mexico, Italy and Martha’s Vineyard. His poetry collection, A Strange Catechism was published in 2013.

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.

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 Hotel Duomo, Orvieto

Daily breakfast

Five day intensive workshop

*Transportation to and from Orvieto is the responsibility of each participant.

*Meals, other than breakfast, are the responsibility of individual participants. There are excellent restaurants and groceries around the hotel.

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.