Italy, in Other Words

Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

September 18–24, 2016

Varenna, Italy

Italy, in Other Words is designed for conscientious writers who
 learning about ancient lands and cultures. It’s perfect
for solitary 
travelers who seek a balance of solitude and socializing.
We specialize in small groups who receive focused instruction and support. 

As we meet each morning for writing instruction,
a  creative and thoughtful community forms. It strengthens
as we share our writing concerns, learn about Italian culture,
enjoy evening 
meals and explore the inescapable beauty of Lake Como.

Give yourself the gifts of time and seclusion to
create literature from your life experience. Engage in a sense of
personal restoration as you meditate lakeside, a bit “closer to paradise.”


Italy, in Other Words offers retreats located in Italy’s authentic past where
Italian culture is carefully preserved. Kathryn Abajian and Helen Free founded
the program in 2009, and Kathryn continues it today with Linda Prospero.
We offer valuable intellectual and aesthetic inspiration discovered off well-traveled paths.                   



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