Tupelo Press Writing Conferences: Coastal Maine

The Tupelo Press Poetry Conference
Coastal Maine

Exterior_Rear-PortlandA two-day workshop led by Jeffrey Levine,
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press.

Two Sessions:

September 3rd & 4th
Peaks Island (off Portland, Maine by ferry)

September 5th & 6th
The Fickett Farmstead (on the coast in Portland)

A workshop for poets who are actively sending out their work, combining secrets of the publishing world with effective methods of revision for publication, including attentive and detailed review of your own work.

Whether you’re heading toward a full-length manuscript, preparing individual poems for submission to literary journals, or wanting to push your writing to a new level simply for the pleasure of doing so, here is your opportunity to better understand what editors and publishers want, and to help you get your poems to that new place.

Living_RoomThe weekend seminar is offered in a gracious, private farmstead built ca. 1773 and is one of the oldest houses in the Portland area. The Fickett Farmhouse is a period cape, which served as head house for a 400 acre horse farm. The main house still sits on the original stone cellar with dirt floor. Three fireplaces form the central core of the house around which the first and second floor rooms are organized. An original flagstone walk provides a path to the front door and entry hall.

With group meetings in the living room, individual creative space may be taken at the sunroom, barn/lofts, dining room, country kitchen or outside. The farmstead now sits on 2-1/2 acres and is about 4 miles from downtown Portland, considered one of the top livable cities in the country, and also about 3 miles from Crescent Beach and the Atlantic bringing fresh salt air and coastal fog.

The Session Includes:

Writing and Revising For Publication

Exterior_Front-PortlandEach participant will bring a mini manuscript of 10 poems. We’ll examine as many of these poems as time permits over the course of our time together. Your poems will form the basis for developing and explaining advanced concepts in writing, for talking in depth about ideas and language, and for exercises in contemporary revision techniques that direct your poems on a more likely route toward publication. Each poem and each participant will receive fiercely close attention.

We’ll learn to read and revise our own work with a publisher’s eye, applying key techniques for opening poems outwardly, to the world, and inwardly, toward the unconscious. We’ll explore concepts of sound and sense, rhythm, improvisation, collage, color, sensory experience, diction, syntax, and pacing. Whatever your starting place, by the end of the weekend you will be writing at a substantially higher level.

Working together we will focus upon:

  • how poems “pay attention”
  • how to recognize where our writing is at its best, and why
  • how to revise at the level of the unconscious
  • how to trust our own ears and eyes
  • how to group poems into a cohesive whole

Understanding the World of the Literary Press

You will garner meaningful insights into the worlds of the literary presses, journals, and magazines, and you’ll learn to how see your own and other’s writing with a publisher’s eye. You’ll also learn how to be your own best publicist at every stage of the writing process, including keys to the process of marketing yourself, your poems, and your book. Ask the Editor: bring your own questions, whatever you wanted to know but haven’t know how or whom to ask.

Enrollment and Logistics for the Portland Conference

  • Who: Limited to first 10 participants who enroll (apply by clicking here).**
  • When: September 3rd & 4th, or, September 5th & 6th, daily 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Where: Peaks Island, or, The Fickett Farmstead on the coast in Portland, Maine
  • Lodging: Overnight accommodations within 15 minutes drive can be found here: maine.lodging-2015 (1).
  • Fee: for the two-day seminar and workshop: $650.

Editorial Reviews of Full-Length or Chapbook Manuscripts

Participants in may sign up separately (in advance) with Jeffrey Levine for a one-on-one review of your full-length or chapbook manuscript, time to be arranged prior to or after the workshop weekend. Cost: $400 for chapbook length (up to 32 page), $800 for full-length (up to 54 page) manuscripts. (This represents a substantial discount for workshop attendees.)


Jeffrey LevineJeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and the forthcoming Jubilo. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the American Literary Review poetry prize. His poems have garnered 14 Pushcart nominations. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award‐winning independent literary press located in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he served for seven formative years as core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is now Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Contact Information:

Email: conferences@tupelopress.org
Phone: 413‐664‐9611

Refund Policy: Refund up to 4 weeks prior, less 15% processing fee. Tupelo Press Conferences reserves the right to cancel this conference without penalty, its liability limited to a full refund of registration fees.


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