Buckmaster to lead writing retreat

Apr 18, 2017
The nonprofit Whitehead Light Station offers learning programs for adults, just off Midcoast Maine.

Spruce Head — Whitehead Light Station, off Spruce Head, will offer Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World with Maine writer Linda Buckmaster. The residential program will be held in the renovated lightkeeper’s house Aug. 17 through 20. Registration by Monday, May 1, is required.

This course is open to writers and aspiring writers at any level. Participants will engage in writing exercises and prompts to practice the writer's toolkit of image, voice, language, structure and more. The three-day residential retreat offers a safe, supportive environment that recognizes there is no such thing as a mistake in writing, just the next draft.

Participants will take advantage of the unique location to write in plein air among the nooks and crannies of the island and in cozy spots in the Lightkeepers House. The $900, $645 double occupancy, fee includes tuition, three nights of lodging, all meals and transportation to the island from the mainland.

Former Belfast Poet Laureate Buckmaster has taught this popular course in multiple community venues in Maine. She has more than 30 publications in regional and national journals and three poetry chapbooks. One of her pieces was named a Notable Essay in "Best American Essays 2013." Buckmaster has taught in the University of Maine system for 20 years. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast writing program at the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Communication from the University of Maine. She blogs at lsbuck1.blogspot.com.

The light station and 11 acres are owned by Pine Island Camps, which renovated and maintains the facility and offers learning programs for adults. Whitehead Light Station is a nonprofit organization. For more information and to register, visit whiteheadlightstation.org/2017-writing-workshop.html.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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