2017 Workshops at SummerKeys

  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21**
  • August 7-11
  • August 14-18**

Instructor: John Rule

( click instructor name to see their bio in details )

Tuition: $ 375

Creative Writing Workshops I and II Description

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting time for the Creative Writing Workshop, now in its fifth year. This is the inaugural year for the second week, answering the request from earlier participants for the opportunity to go further.

The Creative Writing Workshop allows participants to explore the various methods used to formulate the skeleton of a well-written piece. From the technical details involved in the crafting of Point of View strategies, to the subtle nuances of subtext and the four different techniques for presenting dialogue, writers will be encouraged to use these tools in a learning environment where they are urged to apply them in developing their own skills.

New for this year, we offer a second-level workshop closely focused on the revision process. Participants should have a completed first draft that is ready to go into the ‘dreaded second draft.’ Expect challenging questions about just how well you do know your own characters, and not just those in principal roles. Many writers find the revision process daunting, but it is the critical step needed to bring the basic story to life, and to prepare it for publication.

While most find working with digital methods to be nothing short of liberating, some prefer working directly to paper. Whatever your preference is, bring it along because being comfortable is the first order of business for effective writing.

Class size is limited to eight, and participants under 18 will need parental permission as some writers pursue adult themes. Both workshops are intended for mature adults, and both are twelve hours spread over five days. All genres are welcome, both fiction and non-fiction.

The scheduling doesn’t work for you? Do not be reluctant to ask.

Bring your laptop, your clay tablet, or whatever your favorite writing tool happens to be. If printing is needed, it can be done at the Lubec Memorial Library, just steps away. The genre of your choice can be explored, in formats from the Flasher to the Epic.

Writers should be at least eighteen and class size is limited to eight.


Click Here to Register for the SummerKeys  2017 Creative Writing Workshop 

A Word from your Instructor:

John Rule


You wake up with a phrase in your head and it just won’t go away. Does it belong to a character you are conversing with right now? No? Maybe it’s the voice of one lurking deep in your subconscious, but whose story clearly needs to be told. You labor over every word, demanding of yourself: Is it really the right one? Or is there maybe one with more poetry, more subtext, more clarity.

You don’t fret about using words your reader won’t get because you know they will, but you worry endlessly about using language that is not right for your character. After all, you may be their only friend. When they tell you things you listen, sometimes hearing their rants late at night when they croon in your ear, expounding and sulking and pleading that you get it. You are a writer.