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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
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