" Every poem breaks a silence that needs to be overcome.”    Adrienne Rich

A Poetry Workshop with Karyna McGlynn


There are numerous prescriptions for what it takes to be a writer, a poet, such as  Virginia Woolf’s edict for a room of one’s own.  Seeking solitude in which to work always seems the most consistent advice.

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And yet...sometimes, as working poets discover, there is also a need to be challenged, to push our writing further out to sea.  As well as the need for the company of one’s peers:  to talk about the work we struggle with, and the world in which we work.  This is often difficult to come by.  As is time to process those thoughts... 

This retreat with Karyna McGlynn aims to remedy the situation.  For five days, we will retreat from the busyness of everyday life.  Karyna, who is the best of workshop leaders, will lead us towards creating new works. We will also tackle a discussion of our Works in Progress or Works That Will Not Progress, damn their eyes.

After lunch each day, there is time for writing and rewriting. Or kayaking. Or ruminating on the morning’s input.  You might tackle a hike to the top of Blueberry Hill to take in McCloskey’s famed vista from Time of Wonder. Perhaps you might opt for an animated discussion about voice while rowing to Spectacle Island.  Or simply sit by yourself in an Adirondack chair overlooking Penobscot Bay. The evening will include dinner by sunset, readings from our work, or work we admire, perhaps a literary game.  Or a solo contemplation of the moon.  It’s your call. You just need to come.  Truly, you do.