December 26, 2010

WRITING YOUR WAY HOME - Hingham, Mass. June 3-5, 2011

At Glastonbury Abbey
16 Hull Street
Hingham, MA 02043

With poets LAURA BOSS
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
June 3, 4, and 5, 2011
The purpose of this retreat is to give writers the space and time to focus totally on their own work in a serene and beautiful setting away from the pressures and distractions of daily life.

Writing weekend poets will find:
* Support and encouragement * stimulating activities leading to the creation of new work *
* workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life * opportunities to read their work aloud to the group * a circle of writer friends * networking opportunities.
• (This writing intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.)



Participants arrive before dinner on Friday evening. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. Participants should arrive prior to 6 pm to give themselves a chance to settle into their rooms and begin to retreat from the distractions of the world. After dinner, participants will break into two groups and the poetry faculty will lead them in creating new work. After the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to read one poem. After Saturday breakfast, participants will again break into two groups for morning workshops. Some free time will be scheduled for socializing in the morning. In the afternoon, writing workshops will take place, followed by free time or each participant will have a chance to sign up in advance with the lead Poet faculty for one-on-one help with revision. After dinner on Saturday evening, faculty will lead another writing workshop and later participants will be invited to read their poems to the group. On Sunday after breakfast additional writing workshops will take place. A final reading by participants will serve as the “closing ceremony” to this inspiring and, we hope, productive weekend. Lunch will provide a final opportunity for socializing.

There are wonderful small shops and beach walks in the area. You might want to plan to visit some of these places. Perhaps you could plan to arrive early on Friday or to leave a bit later on Sunday.

We envision this weekend as a retreat from the noise and bustle of daily life. We see this retreat as a spiritual and creative break from our usual lives; it will allow us to take some time to look at life in a new light, to listen for our own voices, and to create in stillness, in quiet, and in community. These are times of contemplation and welcoming the muse. We want this experience to be unique and totally different from any other experience in the participants’ lives.

The workshops will concentrate on writing our way home and the way writing can save us, save our stories and our lives. We will work with drafting poems within the workshop. Participants should bring papers, pens, and the willingness to take risks. Please also bring previously-written work for one on one sessions and for readings.

Fee Schedule
Total $375...

Deposit—April 1, 2011-------$225
Balance—May 1, 2011--------$150

*Total fee includes room, all meals, and all workshops.
*Early Bird Discount: Deduct $25 if paid in full by April 15, 2011
*Full refund will be given prior to May 1, 2011

*Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is limited.
We already have a list of people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

Mail check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan - 40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Other questions? Call (973) 684-6555 or (973) 423-2921 or email: or

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Laura Boss, founder and editor of Lips, has received many awards for her own poetry including a first place in Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest and three Poetry Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 1998, her manuscript was one of ten finalists in the country in PSA’s Alice Faye Di Castagnola Award. Her six books of poetry include Reports from the Front (CCC) and Arms: New and Selected Poems (Guernica). She was the sole representative of the USA at the XXVI International Poetry Readings in Europe. More recent featured readings include The Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales and the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. She has read at many venues in Europe and also in this country at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet and a leader in their Clearing the Spring Program. She has read her work on NPR when she was Poet –in –Residence at Northern Michigan University. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including The Literary Review, Connecticut Review, PLR, and New York Quarterly. Anthologies include: The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary (Jersey Shore), Working Words (Coffee House), Identity Lessons (Penguin). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times. Her newest book of poetry is Flashlight (Guenica, 2010).

Maria Mazziotti Gillan won the American Book Award for her book All That Lies Between Us(Guernica Editions) in 2008. She is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. She is also the Director of the Creative Writing Program and a Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She has published eleven books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), and Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica Editions). She is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer of four anthologies: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam) and Italian-American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers). She is the editor of the Paterson Literary Review. Her latest book What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 published by Guernica Editions in May, 2010.

Ms. Gillan has read her work at colleges, universities, poetry centers, and festivals throughout the USA including Harvard University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Longfellow House, Cambridge, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, San Francisco State University Poetry Center, University of California at San Diego, Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, among many others. She has also read at poetry festivals internationally in Yugoslavia, Sicily, Italy, France, Malta, Wales, and Finland. She was named Connecticut State Touring Poet in 2009.