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Storylab Writing Retreat in France, June 2020

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

6-Day Drexel Storylab Creative Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

June 21-27, 2020

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The retreat is for beginning, emerging, and published writers -- anyone who feels the urge to reconnect with their writing self, or deepen and improve their work.

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

This village in the very south of France (only three villages sit between Collioure and the Spanish border) beckons you to live in your senses -- no, scratch that -- it requires you to do so. The Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean at Collioure. The place smells of salt, earth, lavender, citrus, and rose.

The Retreat

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in Collioure, close to shops, cafés, and the sea
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included with our retreat chef, Emily Park
  • 5 morning writing workshops
  • Afternoon Sensory Adventures with Karen
  • Evening craft talks by Nomi Eve
  • One-hour private consultation with Karen
  • Ground transportation to and from Perpignan

Retreat costs cover lodging for attendees in single rooms with AC and ensuite bathrooms. Attendees will stay at the historic Hôtel des Templiers, in the center of the old village, steps away from beach, cafés, shops, and the Château Royale. The Templiers was a popular haunt of Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Dali, and other painters who came to make art in Collioure, and continues to be popular among artists and writers to this day.

Meet the Retreat Instructors

StoryLab Instructor Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo is the best-selling author of 16 works of fiction and non-fiction, including the international best seller, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Outside, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the New York Times Modern Love column. She has taught writing workshops at the University of Oregon, Rutgers University, Portland State University, Tin House, Portland Literary Arts and the Todos Santos Writers Workshop. She launched Come to Karbohemia, her writing retreat in the South of France, in 2018.

StoryLab Instructor Nomi Eve

Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train Stories, The Voice Literary Supplement, Conjunctions, and Guernica. She lives in Philadelphia with her family and is the director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Drexel University and of Drexel Storylab, a writing workshop for non-matriculating adults.


Cost: $3250
Early Bird Pricing: $2750


There are only ten spots available, and it's first come, first serve. Retreat will only run if spots fill.

If you are interested and would like to receive updates on registration, send an email to Nomi Eve at

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