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The Lemon Tree House

Emerging Program member

The Lemon Tree House, established in Tuscany in 2013, is a residency program designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established writers, artists and musicians. The aim is to support creative process in a unique and historically rich environment, to allow devoted time to creative work, and to provide interesting opportunities for cultural exchange and development.

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, conversational exchange with fellow attendees, nightly cocktail hour and dinner or just a beautiful space to get away and focus.

“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 April Lemon Tree Resident

“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.”
— Pultizer Prize winner JAN SCHAFFER- 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE


Chiusi, Siena: Italy

Camporsevoli is a beautiful hillside estate surrounded by lush woods and complete with several farmstead villas, a tower, village church and courthouse, all dating back to the medieval age. Situated on the border of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, there are expansive views of the region, and for day trips the riches of Siena, Florence, Chianti, Montepulciano and Assisi are less than two hours away.

Contact Information

37 Broad Street
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 3G1