Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Did you know that Sherlock Holmes, that is the original Homes of the novels and stories, did not wear a deer-stalker, did not smoke the distinctive curved pipe we associate with him, and did not ever say “Elementary, my dear Watson”? Well, you do now. Those famous attributes of the world’s most famous detective were(…)

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

On Saturday I ran my second writing workshop at the Jewett House in South Berwick, and had a lovely time. Eight enthusiastic writers joined me for a day learning about how to develop and write  people, whether fictional characters or real folk. Their reasons for coming were diverse: learning how to make “weak” or “passive”(…)

Advice To A Young Writer

Advice To A Young Writer

Last month, I heard from a young writer whom I taught a couple of years ago at Winchester University (England). She said she’d realized that the thing she most wanted in life was to be a writer, and she asked if I had any advice for her. Well, I’ve spent two decades or so thinking(…)

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was visit more literary events in Portsmouth, NH. So a couple of weeks ago I went to Beat Night for the first time, at its new and possibly temporary home at 3S Artspace. As soon as I walked in (late), I knew it wasn’t the(…)

Summer’s Almost Gone…

Summer’s Almost Gone…

It doesn’t feel like the end of summer—it’s 80F outside and I have to keep moving desks at UNH library to avoid frying in the sun—but it’s September, and just in the last couple of days our neighbor’s tree has got the message and developed a core of red, while my neighbor himself spent Saturday cutting(…)