Forwarded from the Maine Humanities Council. I'll try to attach the flyer - dina To pass along to your clinical staff who like to write: ANNOUNCING THE HOWTH WRITERS CONFERENCE FOR NURSES, DOCTORS, AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 10-16 OCTOBER 2009 HOWTH, IRELAND If you like to write, and if you are a nurse, a doctor, or work in other fields of health care, please consider joining us in Ireland this October for a six-day writers conference in the beautiful seaside village of Howth (Howth is where W.B. Yeats wrote his first poems and where James Joyce ended Ulysses with Molly Bloom’s memorable Yes!) This conference will be led by two leading nurse-poets, Ted Deppe and Judy Schaefer, and by poet Annie Deppe. We will all stay together in the beautiful 4-star King Sitric guesthouse which looks out on the dramatic coast of the Irish sea. The days will contain talks and seminars on writing, readings by the conference staff and one or two leading Irish writers, workshops, optional cliff walks, and a literary field trip into Dublin. The focus of the week will be on helping individual participants take their writing to the next level, from wherever you are starting. Ted and Annie Deppe run Stonecoast in Ireland, which is part of the Stonecoast MFA in Writing program in Maine. They’ve used the experience they’ve gained from hosting these residencies to organize conferences on their own, and their efforts have gained glowing appraisals. Ted (B.S.N., M.F.A.) worked in intensive care and psychiatric nursing for twenty years and is the author of four books of poetry, including CapeClear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, Ireland, 2002) and Orpheus on the Red Line (forthcoming this summer from Tupelo Press, U.S.) His work has been recognized by a Pushcart Prize and two endowments from the N.E.A. He has served as writer in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and the Poet’s House in Donegal, Ireland. He has taught in MFA programs in the U.S., Ireland, and England. Annie holds an M.F.A. from Lancaster University (England) and is the author of Sitting in the Sky (Summer Palace Press, Ireland, 2003) and a new book tentatively titled The Wren’s Cantata (forthcoming from Summer Palace in Fall, 2009). She received a grant from the Irish Arts Council and was chosen to read in Poetry Ireland’s prestigious Introduction Series in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Her poem “Walking Glen West” was chosen to be included in Forward Poetry 2004, an anthology of the best poetry published in Ireland and Great Britain each year. Judy Schaefer, R.N.C., M.A. is a world leader in the field of literature and nursing. She is the author of a book of poetry Harvesting the Dew (Vista, 1997) and editor of The Poetry of Nursing (Kent State, 2006) and co-editor of the groundbreaking anthologies Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa, 1995) and Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses (Iowa, 2003). She has lectured for Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Kienle Center of Penn State’s School of Medicine. This will be a fairly rigorous week of writing and talking about writing, but it will also be a lot of fun. For those who want to explore Ireland, we hope that you will leave yourself a week before or after the conference to travel and get to know this wonderful country. Ideally, this is a week to focus on your own writing, so we recommend that if you want to travel with family or significant others, you do this before or after the residency. COSTS AND ACCOMODATIONS The cost for the six-day conference (writing exercises, workshops, lectures, readings, and a field trip) will be $975. Airfare and travel to the residency is on your own, but we will help advise you on travel plans if you wish. Aer Lingus is the national airline and a roundtrip ticket for direct flights from Boston to Dublin in October currently costs $585. You can find cheaper flights with other airlines, especially if you’re willing to have an extra stop along the way. The King Sitric is a nationally recognized gourmet restaurant and guesthouse and is offering us special group rates for Bed and Breakfast, beginning at $500 for a shared room for six nights on the ground floor. Lunch and supper are on your own. You will need to budget for twelve lunches and suppers. Think $15 a meal which comes to $180. That’s keeping things simple; you can pay more in the many fine restaurants of Howth, or less in fish and chips shops or delis. The approximate cost for six days then, if you keep things basic, would be: $975 for tuition $585 (or less) for plane fare $500 (or more) for a room and gourmet breakfast for six days $180 (more or less) for lunch and supper $2240 total We will book a room for you on a first-come basis, so don’t delay on this chance of a lifetime! Dina McKelvy, MA, MLS Library Manager for Automation and Planning Maine Medical Center Library 22 Bramhall Street Portland, Maine 04102-3175 (207) 662-4080 ph (207) 761-3027 fax [log in to unmask] Try Nursing Consult! Our newest database for nurses! CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is for the use of the intended recipient(s) only and may contain information that is privileged, confidential, and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. 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