Italy, in Other Words

Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Varenna, Lake Como, Italy
September 30–October 6, 2018 

Varenna, Italy

Explore your writing potential in a stunning landscape.
Expect to achieve your writing goals–whether it’s to jump start
a new project, refine and develop a current effort, or tap into your creativity.
Our retreat is ideal for adventurous and thoughtful travelers, and it’s perfect
for solitary travelers who appreciate a balance of solitude and socializing.

We specialize in small groups so each writer can 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.


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 cultural guide Linda Prospero.


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