ARROW Retreat 2018 has been cancelled.


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Monday-Thursday, June 25-28, 12-5 p.m.

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 this cost-free summer workshop! Spaces are limited and preference will be given to students living and/ or attending school on MDI.

Living on Mount Desert Island next to the wilds of Acadia National Park, is an extraordinary opportunity to spark the imagination and the senses. Join us for a four-day, fun exploration of where we are in space and time using personal writing and printmaking. No previous writing or art skills are necessary; just a sense of adventure and an interest in discovering how we each see and observe our environment.

Participants will learn simple printmaking and bookbinding techniques, and create a final piece combining text and image.

Visiting Artists

G.A. Morgan


Genevieve Morgan is an award-winning author and editor. Her most recent book, The Kinfolk, is the third and final volume of her MG/YA adventure-fantasy, The Five Stones Trilogy. She is also the author of The Fog of Forgetting and Chantarelle, volumes one and two in the series, and the non-fiction book for high schools students called, Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School. Her fiction has won the Silver Moonbeam award for pre-teen fantasy and has been a finalist for the Maine Literary Awards. As a volunteer and teacher, she has worked for many years with kids and teens as the president of the board of The Telling Room, and then as a mentor. She is a contributing writer to Edible Maine and edits literary fiction and memoir for Islandport Press. For more, visit




Liz McGhee

Printmaker and Book Artist

Liz McGhee studied at photography at Bowdoin College, and received her MFA in Bookarts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Additional studies have included ceramics, and encaustic. She has taught Continuing Studies classes in printmaking and book arts in Philadelphia, Maryland and Portland, and experiential environmental education to students from elementary school through college in Maryland. For 13 years Liz was the Program Manager for Spindleworks, an art center for adults with disabilities. There she was dedicated to promoting the work of 45 artists in a variety of disciplines. Liz finds joy in facilitating the creative exploration and success of others. She is currently a member of Pickwick Independent Press in Portland Maine. For more, visit

Schedule at a Glance


Day 1 – Monday, June 25

Theme: Taking it All In!


Active icebreaker

Mapping exercise
Creating your envelope book

Nature walk and writing



Day 2 – Tuesday, June 26

Theme: Memories/ Echoes of Place


Wendell Gilley film screening

Creating pamphlet books

Guided writing workshop

Discovering the outdoors and creating in the studio


Day 3 – Wednesday, June 27

Theme: Outside Ourselves/ Impressions of Others


Nature walk

Writing workshop

Gelli printmaking


Day 4 – Thursday, June 28

Theme: Synthesis


Braiding it all together – questions and answers

Complete capstone project – expressing creativity through text and image

ARROW graduates host exhibition at Wendell Gilley Museum