Writers in the Round 2024

September 6 - September 9

Creative Connections

This retreat is open to poets and songwriters of all levels. There will be craft workshops for each genre and ample time to share work in progress. We gather nightly to share our work and support one another’s creative process. Our participants have described this weekend as “life-changing” and “transformative.” Our focus is to support one another as we play with language and sound and all its beautiful possibilities. Come join us!


Music Facilitator: Morgan Eve Swain

Morgan Eve Swain crafts songs that pull from loss and love in an attempt to put sound to the universality of grief and the human condition. Swain relies simply on guitar and lyrics and sometimes violin to conjure the memories, determination and love that invisibly link us together. MorganEve led songwriting workshops at the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat in 2022 and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Visit her at


Poetry Facilitator: Maureen Thorson

Maureen Thorson is a Maine-based poet, and the author of three poetry collections: Share the Wealth (Veliz Books 2022), a finalist for the Maine Book Award, My Resignation (Shearsman 2014), and Applies to Oranges (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and six chapbooks. Her book of lyric essays, On Dreams, was published by Bloof Books in 2023. Her poems have appeared in journals such as PloughsharesPuerto del SolSalamander, and Calyx, and dozens of others. Known as a queen of prompts, by fellow poet Dawn Potter,  Maureen is also the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual challenge in which poets attempt to write a poem every day during the month of April. Visit her at maureenthorson.com

Conference Minister

Ellen Taylor

Program Fee


Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Standard Shared: $552 | Standard Single: $729

Motel Shared: $671 | Motel Single: $965 

Boat Schedule

Departure from Portsmouth September 6th 2:20 PM 

Departure from Star Island September 9th 11:45 AM  


Contact the organizer, Ellen Taylor, at ellen.taylor@maine.edu.