Spend a full week to generate your work, and leave inspired to continue!
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Lunenburg Nova Scotia is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with colorful buildings, narrow streets, and a working harbor that is home of the Bluenose II. It is also the home of the Lunenburg Lit Festival with readings and talks with Canadian authors.
We’ll gather on Sunday evening for a welcome dinner and introductions. Participants can book their rooms through a block reserved at the historic Boscawen Hotel in the center of town, walking distance to shops, restaurants, and galleries.
In the workshop, you’ll spend mornings Monday through Friday with carefully selected writing prompts, designed to generate fresh work. Your writing doesn’t need to be specific to any genre or style – you’ll have the opportunity to find your own unique voice in the writing. During the afternoons, you’ll be free to concentrate on a writing project or explore the area. For more feedback on your writing, you’ll have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one afternoon session with Meg during the course of the week. Each evening, we’ll share projects in progress with the group after dinner.
On Thursday evening, the Lunenburg Lit Festival begins, and the workshop fee includes a pass to the festival. Enjoy listening to renowned Canadian writers after a full week of generating your own work, and leave inspired to keep going!
Poet, creative nonfiction writer, and photographer, Meg Weston will provide the morning writing prompts, facilitate group sessions in the morning and evening, and provide one-on-one writing consultation for those who want it.
Lodging: We’ll stay at the historic Boscawen Inn in the center of town where you can walk to a variety of great restaurants and shops. Rooms are being held in a block for Maine Media, and you can book directly, referencing our Writing Retreat. Room prices range from $75-$100/night, with an additional $15 charge if you want breakfast included. All pricing is in CDN funds. Upon submitting your workshop registration, students should immediately contact the hotel to make their room reservations. Identify yourself as a Maine Media Participant. [email protected]
Travel: Fly in to Halifax (100 km or 62 mi from Lunenburg) or drive up through Maine and New Brunswick (a beautiful drive). We recommend taking the Fundy Rose car ferry from St. John New Brunswick to Digby Nova Scotia. No transportation is provided.
Meg is a certified AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) facilitator of writing groups. The AWA method helps get past your internal critic and connect with the flow of putting words on the page. It’s non-critical and supports the writer in finding the gems and material that resonate from the flow of their thoughts. In the words of one participant:
“Using the Amherst method, Meg facilitates a perfect creative environment for incubating new ideas and developing them in a deeply reflective process. The value of the week-long retreat was a treasure for me!”
– Jane Pirone, Dean, Parsons School of Design Strategies.
Instructor: Meg Weston
Meg Weston earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing at Lesley University in 2008. Her memoir, The Volcano Tourist, follows her geologic journey as she pursues a passion that’s been with her since childhood. As President and core faculty of MMW+C, she mentors students in their creative writing projects, and is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method for facilitating writing groups.