Aaahhh….Maine in June. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I’ve just returned from Mainely Writing, an annual week-long gathering of writers at a lovely house on the shore of Penobscot Bay in Maine. We hold daily writing workshops, where we share our writing, give and receive feedback, and talk about how we can create great stories for kids. Each year we invite a noted author to facilitate our workshop. This year’s Mainely Writing was led by the wonderful Kathleen Duey, author of Skin Hunger and many other books.
Kathleen led us through wonderful discussions of our current manuscripts, and offered tips and techniques for improving our storytelling.
But don’t think that Mainely Writing is all work and no play! Besides the writing, we had time for talking, walking, group games, catered meals at the house, and even a little singing. Add in some sightseeing and shopping in nearby Belfast and fresh seafood in local eateries, and you have an adventure that is both exciting and relaxing.
It’s sad to say goodbye at the end of the week, but we all leave refreshed, renewed, and ready to return to our writing.
Here’s a gallery of photos to convey the mood and flavor of Mainely Writing: