Writing Retreat

Writing Retreat


July 7 - July 14, 2019

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about the retreat

A week long resident workshop for writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Located in the small medieval hill town of Monte Castello, Italy, the retreat is designed specifically for those seeking the time and space to work without distraction in a beautiful setting.

The program draws on the history of Monte Castello as a gathering place for artists in a variety of mediums and scholars in disciplines across the humanities. Painters, sculptors, musicians, and chefs will also be in residence at ICA, providing optional lectures or demonstrations and joining retreat participants for communal meals on the terrace. There is a strong opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and unexpected inspiration for those who seek it.

Writers will be free to determine for themselves the best use of their time in Monte Castello, but optional afternoon workshops and one-on-one manuscript development will be available to those who are interested. These activities are conducted by group leaders Eric Bargeron and Elizabeth Breen, whose strengths as readers, teachers, and fellow writers are in nonfiction and poetry, respectively. The pre-noon hours are reserved exclusively for writing.

To apply, please e-mail a writing sample with a cover letter of interest to: eric.bargeron@lpppub.com

For more information, contact us.


After they arrive, participants are responsible only for their work, as they are provided with:

  • Double-occupancy room and board in a restored twelfth-century convent. (Single rooms available for additional fee)

  • Three chef-catered meals per day

  • Private studio work space

  • Transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino airport

  • Access to the facilities of the ICA and the assistance of 24/7 on-site bilingual support staff

  • Guided excursion to Florence

  • Optional, daily workshops on writing, food, wine, art, and more…

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About the Instructors

Eric Bargeron is a senior editor at Layman Poupard Publishing, where he  helps produce the Literature Criticism Series, the largest curated collection of literary scholarship in the world. He specializes in social and literary history and is the editor of Conflicts in American History (2010) and American Decades (2011). Eric has contributed as an editor and writer to the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

Elizabeth Breen’s poetry has appeared in Redivider, Raleigh Review, Jabberwock Review, Waccamaw, Revolution House, and Jasper Magazine among others. She has worked in magazine and book publishing and is currently an English Literature and Creative Writing instructor at Hammond School in Columbia, SC.

Required forms

All ICA participants, whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to icart.info@gmail.com at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.

Emergency Contact & Medical Information
Liability Waiver
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport