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Drexel Storylab

A creative writing immersion experience

Drexel University Storylab: A creative writing immersion experience in Collioure, France

Join us in Collioure, France

Drexel Storylab is designed for adult learners who want to explore careers as writers. The program offers creative writing workshops and study abroad retreats geared towards non-traditional students – including working professionals, Drexel alumni and other community members. Storylab is taught by Drexel faculty members and visiting, accomplished authors of note. This program can serve as an immersion experience for anyone who is interested in pursuing Drexel's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing. Storylab, an initiative of the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences, is hosted within our Department of English and Philosophy.

2024 Planning Underway

If you would like to learn more about our 2024 summer retreat, please email Nomi Eve,

Retreat highlights

  • Craft Talks​
  • Author Talks​
  • Sensory Experiences around Collioure​
  • One-on-One Writing Consultations

Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

Our Storylab creative writing retreats are designed for beginning, emerging, and published writers — anyone who feels the urge to reconnect with their writing self, or deepen and improve their craft is invited to attend.

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.

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Learn More

Our 2023 summer retreats are sold out, and 2024 program planning is underway. If you would like to learn more about our popular StoryLab retreats, or if you have any questions, please email Nomi Eve,

‘Come to Your Senses’ Classiqué Writing Retreat ​– June 25 to July 30 | Full Program | $3,250

Extended Writing Retreat – June 25-July 7 | Light Program | $4,700

Refund Policy

Meet Your Instructors

StoryLab Instructor Karen Karbo

Retreat Leader

Karen Karbo is the author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series. Her first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here (1990) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane (1991) and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me (2001) were also named New York Times Notable Books – and were just re-released in beautiful editions by Hawthorne Books. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life (2004), about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times Notable Book, and a People Magazine Critics’ Choice.

Karen's short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, O, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, an Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. Recently, Karen was one of 24 writers selected for the Amtrak Residency.

StoryLab Instructor Nomi Eve

Retreat Instructor

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 The International Quarterly. She directs the Creative Writing MFA program at Drexel University and lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her family.