The Lemon tree house residency

2017 PROGRAMS:

MAY 20-JUNE 3 / SEPTEMBER 9-23

THE COST OF THE LEMON TREE HOUSE PROGRAM IS 2600€

The Lemon Tree House fosters creative growth by providing time, dialogue and space in beautiful Tuscany. Writers and artists have the best of both worlds- the freedom to work in peace during the day, with the option to meet up with the group for cocktails, dinner and craft talks with the featured Artists and Writers-in-Residence in the evening. Located in a tranquil hamlet in the Cetona foothills, residents have access to the full grounds, as well as a workspace in their private rooms. 

The Lemon Tree House encourages a productive experience and is open to those emerging or established in their careers. Buy time to work on, launch or finish an inspiring project, dream, connect with others, seek and find editorial, structural or technical advice, enjoy the craft talks. Past guest lecturers includes Giller-nominated Sarah Selecky, Italian author Pietro Grossi,  New York Times best seller Ibi Kaslik, prize-winning writer Rosa Rankin-Gee of "The Last Kings Of Sark", Nadja Spiegelman and Lemon Tree House's own Erinn Beth Langille.

Whether you need that quiet time to complete a project, or hope to launch a new idea, The Lemon Tree House Residency is a perfect way to explore the creative process. Two full weeks of isolated artistic time with the benefit of one-on-one sessions with in-house instructors and international authors & artists, conversational exchange with fellow attendees, nightly cocktail hour and three course dinner or just a quiet, beautiful space to get away and focus. At The Lemon Tree House there is plenty of solitude in which to work, with the benefits of like-minded company in what we know can sometimes be a rather isolating pursuit.

The Lemon Tree House does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, colour, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status. We are, however, constrained by certain physical and environmental parameters, please read below to see if your practice fits our criteria. If you have any questions about the program, or how you might fit within it, contact us directly at thelemontreehouse.writers@gmail.com.

Being at the Lemon Tree House was a fabulous experience. Even though everything was efficiently run, there was incredible freedom and space for writing, which was to be my main endeavour for the two week period. This was a precious and productive time for me—exactly what I needed to get started on my next book. But while spending so much time ‘in my head’ while writing, I still yearned for interaction with the other talented, fun, and friendly participants, and the evening craft talks, cocktails and dinner were exactly what I needed to accommodate that. The staff, especially Julie and Erinn, took great care of us, like mama birds leaving the nest for our needs—while we stayed put in our well appointed houses attending to our work. There was a wonderfully inspiring energy about the physical place, but also with the staff, the writers and artists in residence and the participants as well. I would definitely want to do this again some time in the future!
— KAREN TOLOUI 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
2015 SPRING LEMON TREES

2015 SPRING LEMON TREES

I loved that my ONLY responsibility for two weeks was to create. Grocery shopping, cooking and all of life’s little distractions were taken care of by Julie and the amazing staff. My duty was to write. And so I did. I loved it!
— SOFI PAPAMARKO 2014 FALL LEMON TREE
I came to the Lemon Tree House, as a so-called “encore,” a late-career writer transitioning from a long journalism career to more creative writing. It was the perfect place to develop new skills, take cues from very talented writers and enrich my life with an amazing cohort of people. It was a genuine and a memorable experience.
— JAN SCHAFFER - PULITZER PRIZE WINNER & 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
Terrific staff, all of you!!! Wonderfully encouraging and positive. I had some wonderful connecting experiences, and in every way certainly came away with a wide perspective on what people of many ages and experiences in writing. Cocktail Hour was a really super idea, and it was fun having a cocktail of the day. Really loved the last night at the staff house.
— MEG SHARPE - 2014 FALL LEMON TREE
Pietro’s talk was interesting and out of the box, unlike what is currently being presented in most writing workshops, so it was good to see his point of view on point of view. I really loved Rosa’s talk too. I thought it was heartfelt, I learned so much, and really, I think the main point of these publishing talks is to learn to trust your own voice... And that’s what I learned from Rosa.
— DIANA RADOVAN - 2015 FALL LEMON TREE
I love it here. Camporsevoli has so many hidden gems, including the infinity pool that I had no idea about last time. This place is filled with magic for so many reasons, the actual space being just one of them
— TAMMY MACKENZIE - 2015 / 2016 SPRING & FALL LEMON TREE
Overall, my writing experience was excellent. I wrote over 14k words and got a solid toehold into my new novel. I’m under contract and on deadline, so that’s a huge relief. It helped to have people who were also here to write.
— JENNIFER BRODY 2015 FALL LEMON TREE
2016 Fall Lemon Trees

2016 Fall Lemon Trees

The Lemon Tree House is an artist residency program designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established artists, musicians and writers. The aim is to support creative process in a unique and historically rich environment, to allowed devoted time to creative work, and to provide interesting opportunities for cultural exchange and development. We are, however, constrained by certain physical and environmental perimeters, please read below to see if your work fits our criteria. If you have any questions about the program or your place in it, contact us directly at thelemontreehouse.writers@gmail.com.

The Lemon Tree House supports the following disciplines:

Writing- Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Journalism.

Visual Arts-Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Books Arts, Conceptual Art, Digital Art, Film and Video, Illustration, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts.

Performing Arts- Songwriting, Composition, Performance, Performance Art, Choreography. 

NOTE: The Lemon Tree House cannot support artists who require a traditional studio, sound-proof quarters or specialized equipment. We can support work that takes place out of doors, in shared space, in domestic space, and by creative producers who can bring their own equipment and materials. 

Julie made me smile every morning with a warm greeting and a hug. Erinn, Jay, Rosa, Anna, and the staff took such good care of us. It meant so much that the people keeping things going were also full of creative energy and words and support. I felt that daily and reveled in it.
— ART KLEPCHUKOV 2016 SPRING Lemon Tree
Specifically I went to Italy to write with The Lemon Tree House Residency Program for writers and artists. There I stayed in a villa atop a hill in beautiful Tuscany. Every day delicious breakfasts and dinners were prepared by talented chefs (no shopping, cooking or cleaning for me!). There was a daily cocktail hour (to help relax me after a day of writing). The estate had molto kilometers of walking paths (to get my brain in the writing mode). My writing room was bright and quiet. And did I mention the daily cocktail hour?

The residency’s location, program, and that daily cocktail hour were so amenable that I was able to achieve my goal: to write like a fiend, which was fantastico! The Lemon Tree House helped recharge my batteries and jump start my writing. For me it was the perfect residency with the best people in a glorious corner of the world. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you, Lemon Tree House!
— ALICIA BIEN 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
2016 SPRING LEMON TREES

2016 SPRING LEMON TREES

I met some wonderful new friends and I’m so happy I got the chance to explore part of Tuscany and start my novel.
— DANIELLE DANIEL - 2014 FALL LEMON TREE
The Lemon Tree House team was generous, positive, encouraging...we honestly couldn’t have asked for better! Before the retreat, I was swamped with work and struggling to find the time to write regularly. But after two weeks of writing, reflection and community in an absolutely idyllic setting, I headed home with heaps of energy, focus and confidence. Thank you for a life-changing experience!
— NICOLE BAUTE 2015 SPRING LEMON TREE
It was one of my best life experiences. I came to The Lemon Tree House hoping it would give me the courage to do a travel book. Like the lion in The Wizard of Oz, I left roaring with courage.
— NANCY NORTON 2014 FALL LEMON TREE
This was a brilliant experience both elegant and inviting and I learned so much while being inspired and directed into my own voice. Wonderful.
— JEANETTE POWERS 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
The residency surpassed any expectations I had. When I applied I really didn’t know there would be so many structured and unstructured opportunities. The craft talks every night were valuable and a really great way to get to know other residents and their practice. The group of people here seemed to connect in many personal, professional and creative ways and it all felt very natural. I feel I have made colleagues and friends that, without the residency, I would have never made. Having so many artists-in-residence with various approaches and practices also guaranteed I got a breadth of ideas and inspiration. I loved every day!
— VENITA POBLOCKI 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
I was constantly inspired by everyone and loved the readings the most. Not only was it a huge relief to have dinner taken care of each night, but I also looked forward to being able to share what I’d been working on that day or hear about other people’s progress, process, problems, etc. I had not expected the residency to have so many opportunities for social interaction, but I am glad that it did, as I felt that I was able to forge real relationships with some writers here. We are even considering a virtual group to continue the support!
— CHRISTINE KANDIC 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
Julie & Erinn’s energy and thoughtful care provided two weeks to contemplate and write in a beautiful place. I appreciated every moment. It’s not so often one gets to spend time with a totally new group of intelligent, thoughtful people; lively with gorgeous minds.
— CHER LEWIS 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
The meals were leisurely, scrumptious affairs with brilliant conversation. Each meal involved several courses which were prepared with love and served with care and attention to detail. The atmosphere in the dining room was lively and inviting, and full of camaraderie. The meals were a highlight of my days.
— NANCY DEGUERRE - 2015 FALL LEMON TREE
Rest assured Erinn and Julie will do everything humanly possible to make your stay productive and memorable. This is truly a unique opportunity for writers of any level to thrive and sit with their work in a stunning setting with a formidable history that breathes and haunts, creating a perfect storm for creativity.
— IBI KASLIK 2015 FALL LEMON TREE
I think I got what I really needed at the LTH. Seeing the Italian countryside has affected me in sublime ways... For me, writing isn’t just “the actual writing,” which is, of course, the most important action. But living and experience and processing my writing while I’m “not writing” is writing to me. I know everything that has happened to me here will bleed into my writing.
— MELISSA SIPIN 2015 FALL LEMON TREE
Rosa did a wonderful job of opening the talks and getting the group started. From Rosa’s talk, I knew that this residency was going to be better than I had imagined — both in terms of leadership and participation & conversation with other residents.
— ELLEN CALDWELL 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
The Lemon Tree House was beyond my expectations and so much better than I could have hoped for. I had hoped for a quiet writing retreat in beautiful, picturesque surroundings. I got that. But I also got much more. Great food, tough runs and, most importantly, the best company I could imagine. The people here were truly wonderful. This is the first time I have been in a group of people with the same love and passion for writing. It has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I sincerely hope to keep in touch with as many as possible—and also to come back in the very near future.
— CHRISTIAN OKKELS 2016 FALL LEMON TREE
Dr Chisara Asomugha 2016 FALL LEMON TREE

Dr Chisara Asomugha 2016 FALL LEMON TREE

This is a place where I felt complete harmony between my mind and soul, more focused and aware of both my writing and myself. The combination of the marvelous scenery, the peaceful time, the highly organized director and generous staff, the fantastic food, and mingling with creative people from different cultures has encouraged my creativity and productivity in a very positive way. I’m grateful! شكراً جزيلاً
— MONIRA ALMISHARI 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
The two weeks away gave me some new perspective, new friends and many new ideas. The experience with all of you in Italy, especially the weekday routine in Camporsevoli was a refreshing change of pace for me.
— SHARON UFBERG 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
The Lemon Tree House was one of those life-changing experiences for me. The perfect melding of gorgeously, majestic surroundings; mixed with authentic people from all walks of life with such generous, creative spirits; under the magical spells of some local (!!!) wines of the area; all in the hands of the most lovable, talented staff who made it all the more worth while. Be sure to ask Julie about anything. She seriously knows what’s-what about...well, everything European!! I’m still very much unsure if it was simple luck, pure coincidence, (a dream) or deliberate fate, but we really did become a spontaneous family for two weeks. Did I mention I had a good time?
— TREVOR TALLMADGE - 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
The Lemon Tree Retreat is writer heaven. Imagine everything a writer needs—time, quiet, inspiration—and add in the beautiful surroundings of the Tuscan countryside, sumptuous meals, incredible hospitality, and a roomful of fascinating writers for cocktail hour and dinners every night. I found exactly what I needed to open my writing and inspire me to keep on, and memories for a lifetime.
— MELINDA BURNS - 2015 SPRING LEMON TREE