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The Words to Say It: Poetry and Prose with Bea Gates

  • Fairwinds Florist 5 Main Street Blue Hill, ME USA (map)

This creative writing workshop will help to unearth stories that need telling and encourage participants to recognize the flow of sources, always available, from our lives, dreams, memory and the world at hand. We will focus on generating new work—whether from childhood memoir, prose meditating on an historical moment, poem elicited through an image, or exploration of the voice of a character from history. Writing exercises will stimulate the development of a range of content, accompanied by select reading samples to take with you which will provide inspiration and lessons in craft to draw on. Everyone will have an opportunity to share work in an atmosphere of mutual respect and offer feedback that helps move the work forward. We will encourage exploration and seek the best form to carry the content forward. Discussion will move from the writing of the participants, but topics could include point of view, voice, imagery and tone, character development, dialogue and description.

BEATRIX GATES ( has published four poetry books, including Dos and In the Open, a Lambda Poetry finalist. She shared a Witter Bynner Translation Award with Electa Arenal for Jesús Aguado's The Poems of Vikram Babu (HOST). A recent hybrid piece, “For Orlando: Make Beautiful in Maine” appeared in MAP magazine,, based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the lyric essay, “Inside the Seismograph,” in Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing (GenPop Books, 2018). She’s been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross Foundation and her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, the Brooksville zine Afterthought and a translation of a love poem in Arabic appears on the Iraqi literature site: http://www.alnaked A longtime member of Goddard’s MFA faculty, she has taught writing at Colby, NYU, CCNY and Maine Maritime Academy. She lives in Brooksville and serves on Board of The Cannery at South Penobscot.

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Location: Fairwinds Florist, second floor (see address and map in sidebar.) Registration is required with a workshop fee of $35. If you have questions about this workshop, you can email or phone Blue Hill Books, (207) 374-5632.

To bring: writing materials

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