The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the faculty for its 2016 Black Fly Writers Retreat, as well as applications for the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers.

April 28 through May 1, the MWPA will host an inspiring four-day, three-night weekend of workshops, readings and writing at the idyllic Shoreline Camps on Big Lake in Grand Lake Stream, a town with a population of just over 100 in northeast Maine near the Canadian border. This year’s faculty includes a cadre of best-selling and award-winning authors: Brock Clarke (fiction); Meredith Hall (memoir); and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc (poetry).

Attendees of the 2016 Black Fly Writing Retreat will spend three mornings in workshops of no more than 12 participants working with one instructor. Afternoons will be open for writing and optional individual meetings with the instructors. In addition to the intensive workshops and one-on-one sessions, the weekend will include faculty and participant readings.

In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, the MWPA co-administers the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. The fellowship provides grants to promising Maine writers who have not published a full-length book to allow them to further their writing skills and experience. The fellowships — applications due April 1 — are open to writers of all genres. The MWPA is offering one Dibner Fellowship to the 2016 Black Fly Writing Retreat that will cover all retreat costs, including workshops, meals and lodging.

For more information on workshop descriptions, instructor biographies and registration fees, visit the MWPA website at For further information, call 228-8263 or email

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