The Retreats:

The coast and waters of Down East Maine have, for hundreds of years, inspired artists and writers of every stripe:  the painting of Fairfield Porter, Sarah Orne Jewett's beloved novella The Country of the Pointed Firs, Robert Lowell’s poetry, the children’s classics of E.B. White and Robert McCloskey, and today the storytelling, art, and puppetry of Ashley Bryan.

A Moss Wood retreat invites you to be similarly inspired. Come join us for five days in an uncommonly small community, to focus on your writing.  Unlike many retreats with large numbers in attendance , Moss Wood welcomes only a handful of writers.

Our retreats are designed to meet the needs of all writers from the beginner to the seasoned professional.

The retreats take place on Cape Rosier, in Moss Wood, a house perched on the shore of Penobscot Bay.

Each day, you will join with your fellow authors in a casual session overlooking the sea. Every Moss Wood session aims to:

  • Cultivate a conversation on the questions of craft, inspiration and the creative process.

  • Encourage and enable you to take risks with your writing .

  • Provide critical support for the work on which you are already engaged.

Our animating objective is a deepening of thought on the work of writing.

One on one critique sessions (within guidelines) with the director and/or the retreat leader are available.

With so few participants the conversations and workshops will be richly personal and deeply focused.

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There will be ample time for writing, and quiet book-filled spaces in which to do it.

All meals (and they will be tasty) and beverages are provided.

You should come.