Fall 2018 Writer Retreat


An Amalfi Coast and optional Rome retreat with prices starting at $5400
When life or literature gives you lemons, drink limoncello on the Amalfi Coast.

Whether you’re seeking inspiration for a new book or attempting to breathe life into an existing one, join us for a writing retreat on Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast.

We’ll host morning workshops and one-on-one sessions to kick start your writing. Following a lunch break in a charming ristorante or trattoria, you can continue working at an outdoor caffè by the sea or join us for some shopping and sightseeing. In the evenings, we’ll gather in the piazza for a pre-dinner aperitivo to toast to your progress, brainstorm any story issues, and plan the next day’s writing.

After a week with us in the land of the large, sweet lemons, your book project will bear big fruit!


The Amalfi Coast, Italy
September 30 – October 7, 2018
Rome, Italy (optional)
October 7-10, 2018


Villa Maria Luigia, a newly renovated hotel on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Salerno
Residence Magnolia, a residential hotel one mile from the Vatican


Stay in the sunny port that once rivaled the maritime republics of Venice, Pisa, and Genoa
Visit a paper museum where you can purchase bambagina, a locally produced parchment dating to the middle ages, for your book project or letters to family and friends
Savor limoncello made from the sfusato amalfitano, a large, sweet variety of lemon native to the region

Admire the breathtaking views of the Bay of Salerno from the Villa Rufolo where Boccaccio drew inspiration for The Decameron and Wagner for his opera Parsifal
See a cameo and coral factory that boasts such clients as Pierce Brosnan, Winona Ryder, and Nicholas Cage
Shop for lemon ceramics, soaps, candy, and chocolate

Frolic in the playground of Roman emperors and the modern-day rich and famous
Experience the glowing water of the Blue Grotto while a boat guide serenades you
Dine on lemon pasta and fish among the trees of a working lemon orchard

Admire the Moorish-style architecture of the Amalfi Coast’s most posh resort town and the view of the neighboring Sirenuse islands
Stroll among the peach, pink, and terracotta homes and shops cascading from the hillside enclave to the waters edge
Stop by the Covo dei Saraceni Hotel for lemon sorbet served inside a frozen lemon

Rome (optional)
Explore the Eternal City’s most famous landmarks and some creepy surprises
Do as the Romans do and sip prosecco in the stunning Piazza Navona before dining in the chic neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto
Toast to the trip and your book with a glass of limoncello, and then throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to make sure you return to la bella Italia!



$5400 Amalfi, Ravello, Capri, and Positano
$800 Rome option, which includes transport from Amalfi


To make sure the trip is a good fit for you and your book project, email Diana diana@lemonlit.com or Traci traci@lemonlit.com. We’ll schedule a fifteen-minute phone or video chat to discuss your writing skills, your needs, and how we can get you on track to completion.


Following your consultation, pay in full or reserve your spot with a $1000 deposit (non-refundable). We will invoice you for the balance, which is due April 1, 2018.



An individual phone consultation to discuss your book project and goals
A suggested reading list and worksheets (as needed) to prepare you to arrive ready to write
A group video chat for trip FAQ and a mini Italian lesson

During the Trip
Three group writing instruction lectures
A one-on-one mentoring session with Traci or Diana
Single-room lodging plus VAT and hotel tax
Transportation to and from Ravello, Capri, and Positano
Welcome dinner (with limoncello!)
Farewell dinner (with more limoncello!)

Rome Option
An additional one-on-one session with Traci or Diana

An individual phone consultation to make sure you’re on track to complete your book
Access to our closed Facebook group to stay in touch and exchange ideas with fellow lemonistas (our nickname for ourselves and you)


Airfare to and from Italy
Transportation to and from hotel and within cities
Lunch, pre-dinner aperitivi, dinner
Entrance fees to museums and exhibits
Personal expenses


Group and one-on-one brainstorming sessions
Connecting with fellow writers
Learning Italian language, culture, and history


Some countries require a passport to be valid at least six months beyond the dates of the trip. Although Italy is not currently included among this group, travel laws are subject to change at any time. We therefore recommend that you have at least six months left on your passport prior to its expiration date. Otherwise, you might not be permitted to board your flights.

If you can’t make the LITERATURE AND LEMONS retreat, reserve a spot on our BONES OF A BOOK retreat in Central Italy April 7-14, 2019 with an optional Rome extension and Naples trip April 14-17, 2019.