What is a workshop?

A workshop is the best way to learn the craft of writing.  Each participant of the workshop will submit a sample of their work (a short story, chapters of a novel, a piece of non-fiction – up to 20 pages) to us.  We will disperse these manuscripts to the participants sometime in late June/early July. We will split the twenty participants into two groups assigned to several faculty members, and each day the members of these groups will critique each other’s work.  These manuscript-focused sessions are only a part of the overall Bar Harbor Writers’ Workshop experience, along with craft talks, readings, and discussions over meals.  Check out the schedule.

Do I have to be an experienced writer to participate?

No. This workshop is about taking the next step in your writing life. Whether you are just starting out, or an experienced writer who wants to hone your craft  - this workshop is for you.

What’s so different about the Bar Harbor Writers’ Workshop?

Most Workshops are large (100 – 200 participants). We are small and committed to keeping our group intimate, personal, transformative. We will have no more then twenty participants, together with three full-time facilitators, a guest agent and three guest authors.  Because we keep it small, you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get to know published authors, pitch your work to a nationally known agent, hang out with them, talk to them, create lasting relationships with like-minded people.

Who will be on the faculty?

Check out our Faculty page, and you will see, we have exceptional published faculty who are known for their craft and their teaching.

Where will we be staying?

We will be staying on the beautiful campus of the College of the Atlantic (check out their facilities at www.coa.edu).  COA is just a short walk from the shopping, dining and sights of downtown Bar Harbor. In addition, the free Island Explorer buses stop regularly on campus, providing car-free access to Acadia National Park and the more distant corners of Mount Desert Island.  COA is a 15-minute drive from the Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport, and approximately a one-hour drive from Bangor International Airport.  See our Location and Directions pages for more details.

How much will this cost and what does that cover?

See the Costs page for a full breakdown of options and prices.  We offer on-campus housing as well as a workshop-only option for local residents or those who wish to arrange their own lodging.  See the Room & Board page for more information.