Unleash your creativity

BLUE HILL — If you’re a writer, what do you do when you’re fresh out of ideas?

Texas children’s author Patricia McMahon, whose books included “One Belfast Boy” and “Dancing Wheels,” among others, and Wisconsin poet Josh Kalscheur have suggestions.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, the two writers will hold “But Seriously: A Generative Workshop,” including prompts and exercises designed to spur ideas for writing, in the Howard Room at the Blue Hill Public Library. Admission is free.

Co-sponsored by Word and Moss Wood Retreats, an annual writers retreat held in the Brooksville village of Cape Rosier in June, “But Seriously: A Generative Workshop” will give writers an opportunity “to mess about with words.”

Word is a three-day festival, celebrating literary arts on the Blue Hill Peninsula, held in October. The 2019 Word Festival is slated for Oct. 24-27.

“We mean to seriously engage with prompts and exercises designed to generate new ideas, which will, with luck, lead to new work,” McMahon said. “We are not opposed to the generation of a soupçon of fun — we are in fact hopeful that this will be one of the evening’s results.”

Participants should bring “one writing utensil that is good for writing and another that is useful for crossing stuff out, such as a Sharpie.”

McMahon, a poet and the award-winning author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books for children, has worked in children’s publishing and as a bookseller, She has taught creative writing in different settings around the world.

Kalscheur, a poet, teacher and editor, won the 2013 Four Ways Book Levis Prize in poetry for his first book, “Tidal.” He was the Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting professor of creative writing at SUNY-Fredonia, as well as a recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly and Salt Hill, among others.

McMahon and Kalscheur will lead a five-day generative retreat for writers June 4-9 at Moss Wood Retreats in Cape Rosier.

To learn more about the June 7 workshop, call 374-5632 and visit wordfestival.org. For more info about Moss Wood Retreats, go to mosswoodretreats.com.

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