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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 6, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 6, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, June 6, 2019
Word, Moss Wood to offer generative workshop

If you’re a writer, what do you do when you’re fresh out of ideas?

Children’s author Patricia McMahon and poet Josh Kalscheur have suggestions. On Friday, June 7, at Blue Hill Public Library, they’ll present “But Seriously: A Generative Workshop,” a selection of prompts and exercises intended to generate ideas for writing. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. in the Howard Room at Blue Hill Public Library.

This is an Early Word event co-sponsored by Word, Blue Hill’s October literary arts festival, and Moss Wood Retreats, an annual June writers retreat on Cape Rosier. McMahon is Moss Wood’s founder and director. This year’s Cape Rosier retreat will be a five-day generative workshop for all writers June 4-9, led by McMahon and Kalscheur.

The June 7 Blue Hill workshop, McMahon said in a news release, will invite writers “to mess about with words.”

“We mean to seriously engage with prompts and exercises designed to generate new ideas, which will, with luck, lead to new work,” she said. “We are not opposed to the generation of a soupçon of fun—we are in fact hopeful that this will be one of the evening’s results.”

Participants should bring one writing utensil that is good for writing and another that is useful for crossing stuff out, such as a sharpie.

Details about Word are available at Moss Wood details are at

Information about the June 7 workshop is available at 374-5632 or at Word’s Facebook page,