For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Drexel Writing Retreat in France, June 2021

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

6-Day Drexel Creative Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

June 2021 (Exact Dates TBA)

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

The village of Collioure is in the very south of France, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. The place smells of salt, earth, lavender, citrus and rose. Attendees will stay at the historic Hôtel des Templiers, in the center of the old village, steps away from the 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.

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. They do not cover air transportation or course credit.

For-Credit Option

Students in Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing have the option to take the retreat for elective, or just to as a way to awaken their writing self or deepen and improve their work. Students must pay for the credits separately at the MFA per-credit rate.

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: $3000
Early Bird Pricing: $2500


There are only 12 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