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Island Readers & Writers is delighted to offer sixth, seventh and eighth-graders from MDI, its outer islands, and Trenton the chance to let their creativity take flight during spring break at our ARROW Retreat.

ARROW stands for:


For four days — April 20 through 23 — young writers and illustrators will have the chance to work with one of the country’s best authors of fiction for young readers, Clare Vanderpool, as well as with acclaimed Maine artist Rebekah Raye. All for free.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin March 31. All participants will get a journal and their very own copy of Clare’s wonderful book, “Navigating Early,” which is set in Maine and won the Printz Prize.

The book will be integral to participants’ ARROW experience. Throughout four fabulous half days at Camp Beech Cliff, participants will work closely with Clare and learn about her writing process — which includes reading, research and observation — and they’ll have the chance to craft their own written works. Artist Rebekah Raye will then present on the illustration process and guide participants as they illustrate a book jacket.

In addition to “Navigating Early,” Clare is the author of “Moon Over Manifest,” which won the Newbery Medal. She lives in Kansas although loves Maine. And Rebekah is a Lupine Award winner for her recently illustrated book, “The Secret Pool.” She lives in East Blue Hill, Maine.

This is a wonderful opportunity for sixth, seventh and eighth-graders to explore the elements of a great story, hone their own skills and have a great time!

Download the ARROW Retreat Schedule and Brochure.