Sarah Orne Jewett

“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”(…)

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

On Saturday, I ran my first workshop in America. As regular readers will know, I spent 5 years running writers workshops in Britain from 2010, but this was my first one in my new life, on this side of the Atlantic. And it was a great way to start. Even before we moved into our(…)

Second Semester at UNH

Second Semester at UNH

Last week I sent off 13 revised poems to Charles Simic, my workshop leader for the semester that has just ended, and that finished off my first year on the Creative Writing MFA at UNH. It has been quite a semester: there was snow, snow, and then more snow (hence the picture); cancellations and catch-ups; cut-ups(…)