The Maine Literary Festival has announced this year’s fall writing workshop. Writing Yourself Home, a two-day memoir writing workshop in verse or prose, will run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Cost is $180 for two days writing with facilitators Carol Willette Bachofner (poetry) and Carolyn Walker (prose). Participation in the workshop is limited to 12 for each facilitator, and registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15. For registration and further details, visit or contact Bachofner at

Everyone has stories, characters or secrets that to preserve. Sharing family history can be rewarding, and this workshop is designed to facilitate the ability to record a family’s unique legacy. Through poetry or prose, participants will be able to make meaningful memoirs in which they can take pride and that will inform the current generation and be passed along to future generations.

Those who sign up with a family member will receive a 10 percent discount on each admission when registering together. The fee includes breakfast (continental style) and a catered lunch on both days, as well as a lunchtime conversation with guest memoirist Kate Braestrup on Oct. 2. This author chat is limited to participants of the workshop. Also included are a packet of materials to take along. Door prizes will be given on the second day. Participants are encouraged to bring family photos or diaries or letters.

In addition to the workshop, there will be an optional manuscript critique. Bachofner and Walker will offer a critique of up to five pages of prose or of five, one-page poems for $40.

Bachofner, who holds a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Vermont College, is the author of numerous published poems as well as two collections of poetry, “Daughter of the Ardennes Forest” (a post WWII memoir in verse) and the recent “Breakfast at the Brass Compass: Poems of Midcoast Maine.” Last April, she chaired and organized the inaugural Poetry Month Rockland, which provided a myriad of poetry and poetry-related events to the city. Bachofner is the founding editor of Pulse Literary Journal, which has been offering quality literature to its readers since 1997. A former college English teacher, she devotes herself entirely to editing, writing and teaching poetry. For more information, visit

Walker is a memoirist, essayist, poet and teacher. Her essays have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse and other publications. Her writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of the 2010 first place award for prose through Springfed Arts-Metro Detroit Writers. She teaches for the Writer’s Digest online and is an adjunct university professor. Walker holds a master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from Vermont College.

This workshop, presented by the American Association of University women under the auspices of The Maine Literary Festival, is a continuation of its more than 35 year ongoing fund-raising program to provide scholarships for college-bound students in the Midcoast area.

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