Weekend writing retreat on island

Apr 23, 2019

WHITEHEAD ISLAND — For the third year, Whitehead Light Station will be offering a weekend writing retreat led by Belfast writer Linda Buckmaster August 1 to 4. This year’s topic, “Writing the Personal Essay,” is open to both experienced and new writers. Registration by May 10 is strongly encouraged.

Whitehead Island, located on Muscle Ridge Channel at the entrance to Penobscot Bay, is a classic Maine island and lightkeeper’s house with time to explore, write and relax. The personal essay has been undergoing a resurgence of interest and experimentation in recent decades. The options are exciting. Whatever your interest, you will discover what you want to say and how to say it.

For inspiration and craft, we will read a variety of essayists and look at how they use the writer’s toolkit of image, voice, language, narration, and structure, and how we might use them in our own writing. We will write in response to writing prompts and activities. Whether you are a beginner or a published author, this class will help you move your writing to the next level.

We will write in plein air among the nooks and crannies of the island and in cozy spots in the lightkeeper’s house. Class size is limited to 14. Registration includes accommodations, food, workshop, and transport to and from the island. To register, visit http://www.whiteheadlightstation.org/2019-writing-workshop.html.

Linda Buckmaster’s poetry, essay and fiction have appeared in more than thirty journals. Her essay, “Fallout,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and one of her pieces was listed as a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays 2013.” Buckmaster taught in the University of Maine System for 25 years and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program of the University of Southern Maine. Her hybrid memoir, “Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages,” was recently published by Burrow Press. She blogs at her website lindabuckmaster.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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