Enwritenment Retreats and Workshops Creative abundance through the Cultivation of a Daily Writing Practice 

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts— July 24th-28th, 2019

Orvieto, Italy— November 3rd-8th, 2019


To tap into your deepest talent, you need to seek out a calm, restful state of mind where your head isn’t defending your delicate ego and your heart can bloom open a little.

—Mary Karr

Course Description

Applying concepts such as devotion, gratitude and surrender to the act of writing, Enwritenment workshops explore how principles often associated with spiritual pursuits, can help us cultivate a daily writing practice and sustain ourselves as writers and creatives.  In-class prompts and discussions are designed to get you to the page and keep you writing deeply once you are there, with more curiosity, joy and purpose than ever before.

Each class is devoted to the exploration of one concept–gratitude, doubt, and surrender, are a few examples.  We write around and discuss these ideas in order to embody how these can help us write more creatively, deeply and freely—in a word, achieve writing abundance.

Workshops are held from 10-1 each day.  Afternoons are free to allow you time write and explore your environment. We reconvene in the evening for readings followed by dinner.

This writing workshop and retreat is designed will leave you with energy toward a daily practice, actual work you can continue to develop, and tools to access the language, and images imprisoned within you which infuse our writing with beauty, vitality, and authenticity.

I have been writing for thirty years. But only in the last 7 have I found joy and connection through writing, and ultimately writing success.  It is no mystery how and why this has happened–when I devoted myself to writing daily, a practice akin to devotion, the gifts began.

But writing everyday is its own challenge.  In response, I developed prompts, readings, inspirations to keep me writing, and to keep opening me to more writing.  This unique approach borrows concepts and principles found in monastic teachings throughout the world and applies them to the act of writing. And this is what I want to share with you regardless of where you are with your writing, no matter what your relationship is with this art.

I’ve developed this workshop to give to others what I stumbled upon as an act of grace. I want to help you find your way to writing ‘abundance’, a place where you are writing, and emptying, only to find you have more to say.



Enwritenment: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice
Nov 3-8th, 2019, Orvieto, Italy
All Genres/All Levels
$1495.00 includes 6 nights accommodations in Orvieto,
Welcome wine reception on Sunday evening, breakfast, 5 daily workshops with Justen Ahren.

Fees do not include transportation to and from Orvieto or lunch and dinner. There are many great restaurants in Orvieto to choose from. Please plan to arrive on Sunday and depart Saturday.  For an additional fee, it is possible to arrange a longer stay at Hotel Duomo.

More about Orvieto, here and here.


“I make a list for Thanksgiving of things I am grateful for, and the Italy Retreat was one of the things on it. I got so much out of it both for my writing and for deepening my life, it was certainly worth it.”

—Kate M., Los Angeles

Register Here for Orvieto, Italy:

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For Registration for the Martha’s Vineyard Workshop which will take place July 24-July28, visit the Noepe Center for Literary Arts Website.

If you have any questions about the workshop, you may contact Justen Ahren here.