The Noepe Center for Literary Arts in Edgartown has inspired its last lyrical lines, at least for awhile, according to founder and director Justen Ahren. The nonprofit artists’ retreat will not reopen this spring because of the impending sale of the former Point Way Inn that has served as its headquarters for the past 10 years.

Mr. Ahren is hoping to find a new home in the near future, and is grateful to owner Claudia Miller for providing the space.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Mr. Ahren said. “What it became in the 10 years was more than I had ever hoped it would be. It accomplished everything and more than I thought was possible. That’s the sweet part. The bitter part, at least this season, is we won’t be able to offer the continued support to writers.”

The Noepe Center provided two or six-week residencies for writers, and offered workshops with distinguished teachers. Among the authors who came to lead workshops, speak to resident writers or give public readings were Billy Collins, Junot Diaz, Marie Howe, Geraldine Brooks, David McCullough, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jennifer Clement and Fanny Howe.

The center’s mission was to “provide established and emerging writers with time and space to create, and the resources and community to support, encourage and inspire.”

Mr. Ahren said the Island backdrop, along with time and space to create, helped writers produce some of their best work.

“That was really what the heart of Noepe was,” he said. “With that still place that writers could go and have uninterrupted time. To me, it didn’t matter if they were working at their desks for 10 hours a day. That uninterrupted time with your work and your creative process is what really pays off.”

Mr. Ahren counts several books and dozens of magazine articles among the published work that was written all or in part at the Noepe Center. He said he will also miss the evening meals at the Noepe Center, which became a hallmark of summer evenings.

“Noepe became known for our dinners,” he said. “We would have these incredible dinners with writers from all over the country and all over the world. You have these really eclectic gatherings of people.”

Mr. Ahren said he thought it was unlikely the center would be able to find a new home the equal of the former inn in the heart of Edgartown, but he was at peace with the recent developments.

“People were receiving a gift, and I always felt like I was getting a gift. Very few of our interactions in the world have that kind of dynamic.”