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Shoreline Retreat Attracts Emerging Writers

Madison, CT, June 05, 2016 --( Emerging writers working in a variety of genres, with varying backgrounds will gather at Mercy By the Sea on Saturday, June 18 for a day long retreat. Presented by writer Patricia Ann Chaffee, the Creating A Writing Life program is an opportunity for writers with all levels of ability to come together. The summer event has been going on for the past 10 years at various shoreline locations from Mystic to Madison and this year will take place at the picturesque setting of Mercy By the Sea located directly on Long Island Sound.

“It is a chance for writers to really tap into their unique gifts through networking with other writers, learning ways to overcome the challenges of the writing life, and of course a chance to write in a small group setting that is encouraging, inspiring and judgment-free,” said Chaffee. “It’s the little inspiration we all need but rarely make time for.”

Guest speaker at the event will be award winning poet and novelist, Leslie M. Browning. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association, is partner at Hiraeth Press; Co-Founder of Written River: An Anthology of Eco-Poetics, as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer. Browning opened Homebound Publications in 2011, publishing the work of emerging writers as well as Gunilla Norris, Ann Nyberg and others. In 2015 she established Owl House Books as an imprint of Homebound Publications located in Pawcatuck, devoted to children’s literature.

“Everyone knows someone who wants to be a writer,” said Chaffee. “But it’s those folks who are really passionate about the craft, that find their way to these programs. The writers that gather together are not always experienced and not always published, although some are, but they are honoring that passion in taking this step to nurture their writing life, and that’s what’s so exciting.”

The all-inclusive retreat is being held Saturday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and the cost is $145. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Stroke Association. A second retreat, is scheduled for July 30.

For more information or to register for the Creating a Writing Life Retreat, visit or call (860) 536-0051.
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