Black Fly Writers Retreat, Dibner Fellowships

Apr 04, 2017

Portland — The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the faculty for its 2017 Black Fly Writers Retreat, as well as applications for the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers.

Thursday through Sunday, May 4 through 7, 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); Elizabeth Peavey (memoir); and Kerrin McCadden (poetry).

Attendees of the 2017 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 offers the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. The fellowships provide full funding to attend the MWPA’s autumn Harvest Writers Retreat and spring Black Fly Writers Retreat. They are awarded on a mixed need and merit base.

The fellowships are open to writers of all genres. Deadline for the Black Fly fellowship is 10 a.m. Friday, April 14. Deadline for retreat registration is Friday, the 21st. For full information on workshop descriptions, instructor biographies and registration fees; and on application for the fellowships, visit the MWPA website at

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