Wednesday, 30 January 2013

May gathering

The temperatures dip, so let us prepare for spring!

In the spirit of our gatherings from the past two years, the Franco American program at UMaine invites you to join with other writers and artists in a weekend of reading, performance, presentation, and discussion.  

We’re excited to create once more a space for meeting old friends and new, and for coming together around our creative expressions – whatever form they might take.

Our gathering will be held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine, the weekend of May 17, 18, and 19, 2013.

We will begin Friday evening with dessert, an opening presentation, and a roundtable discussion.
Saturday will be devoted to you and your work. It is once again our hope that this gathering can be a safe space for participants to share their own projects and receive feedback. You’re invited to bring any kind of creative work you’re willing to share with the group. Everyone will have an opportunity to present for an equal, set amount of time. To give you an idea of our program, last year’s gathering was filled with poems and short fiction, storytelling and dramatic pieces, slideshow presentations, novel excerpts, music, short film, and the conversations they sparked.

A Saturday night soirée is not out of the question. Bring your instruments!

We’ll conclude on Sunday with breakfast and a wrap-up discussion.

The program is free for you. We will be paying for room and board for all of you who would like to join us and we will not be asking for money at the event. If you are able to spare, however, we ask that you consider sending a donation to help make our gathering an annual event. This will be our third consecutive year; we hope for many more.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Franco American Studies program website ( Click on the “give now” button near the top; we can be found under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Please let us know by Monday, April 15 if you will be joining us, and if you intend to present any of your work on Saturday. We would also like to know how long you will be staying, if you have a roommate preference, and any other information you’d like to share.

Hope to hear from you!