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.  Each retreat is led by a renowned writer and, unlike many retreats with large numbers of attendees, Moss Wood will welcome just eight writers.

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

This year's retreats are:

  • June 7 to 11 - Open Retreat (come and work!)
  • June 14 to 18 - Fiction with Gregory Maguire

Each day, in a casual session overlooking the sea, our guest authors will:

  1.  Cultivate a conversation on the questions of craft, inspiration and the creative process.  Our objective is a deepening of thought on the work of writing. 
  2. Lead a workshop discussing your work in depth.

Our guest author, together with the director, will provide a one-on-one critique of a submitted manuscript (within guidelines) of your work. During Open Retreat, the director is available to critique manuscripts.

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

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.