Writer Edie Clark to join Tannery Series workshop, Write Where You Are, August 10-12

NEWBURYPORT – It’s time! Start that memoir you’ve always wanted to write, finish the novel that’s been gathering dust in the desk drawer, resuscitate your imagination and finally put your words on the page. Join the Tannery Series for Write Where You Are, an unforgettable weekend of writing workshops designed to wake up your muse and stir your creativity to life.

Beloved author and editor Edie Clark will bring her years of expertise to Newburyport, helping you take your words to the next level.

Edie Clark will be the first author to teach a master class as part of The Tannery Series’ new Creative Writing Workshop Program, which debuts August 10-12 in downtown Newburyport. As Yankee’s literary editor, Edie Clark published the short stories of Andre Dubus II and was an original member of his famous writers’ group. Clark will also give a public reading at the Jabberwocky Bookshop (4 pm on August 11, 2012).

“I’m looking forward to coming to Newburyport to help inaugurate this teaching series. Rich in heritage and full of character, Newburyport is the perfect town to teach the delicious art of writing about place. The Tannery Reading Series and its innovative workshops are sure to become a great asset to this community of writers and book lovers,” says Clark.

Write Where You Are will combine top quality instruction, unwavering creative support and the beauty of Newburyport. North Shore writers (and would-be-writers) can enjoy participating in the kind of workshop they’d normally have to go to Boston or New York for, right here at home— with all the summer delights of the North Shore.

The Workshop Program will offer a range of workshops, creative activities and Clark’s Master Class to writers of all backgrounds and levels, providing inspiration, camaraderie and practical advice.

Edie Clark has written extensively about New England in award-winning feature stories for Yankee magazine for more than thirty years. She has been a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, and was Visiting Writer at Northern Michigan University. She has taught writing and journalism in the MFA program at Emerson College as well as in the undergraduate program at Franklin Pierce University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Through the 1980s and the 1990s, Edie was Senior Editor for Yankee magazine where she continues to write features and has two regular columns. Her books include Monadnock Tales, a long narrative poem about Mt. Monadnock; The View from Mary’s Farm, a collection from the column; Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers, Kitchen Stories from Mary’s Farm, which features essays about favorite foods along with recipes; her memoir, The Place He Made; and a collection of stories, States of Grace: Encounters with Real Yankees. Clark recently released a new CD audio book, Night Sky, on which she reads 16 of her essays originally published in her Yankee magazine column “The View from Mary’s Farm.” Her website is

The Tannery Reading Series was founded three years ago by local writers Dawne Shand and Kirun Kapur. Thus far, the series has focused on bringing authors to the North Shore whose writing confronts the world in essential and curious ways.

Running such memorable events as “Love, Lust and Loathing” and “Are You Cool?” often for standing-room-only audiences at the Jabberwocky Bookshop, the series is known for presenting serious literature in manner that makes it accessible and fun.

“Newburyport is full of interesting, creative people who love writing and books,” says non-fiction writer and co-founder Shand. “I think they will love Edie Clark’s masterful teaching. She has a rare ability for spotting and developing talented writers.”

The first Workshop Program, Write Where You Are, will focus on exploring passion and creativity through writing about place. It will feature three days of workshops, creative exercises, readings and events, culminating in Clark’s Master Class. “Writing tends to be a solitary process,” says poet and co-founder Kirun Kapur, “the weekend workshop will provide the friendship and community all writers need to take chances and stick with their creative dreams.”

Cost $350 for the entire weekend (Take advantage of Early Bird registration for $295). For more information please visit or contact Kirun Kapur or Dawne Shand at 617-794-0995 or send an email to


The preceeding article was provided by the Tannery Series.


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