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Lighthouse Literary Guild

A Resource for Aspiring and Working Writers

Lighthouse Literary Guild ImageThe Lighthouse Literary Guild brings together lifelong learners of all ages to enhance their writing skills. Through short courses, retreats and visiting scholars the Guild offers opportunities for the casual and serious writer. The Guild is a writing community celebrating the shared solitary experience of “putting pen to paper.” The goal of the Guild is to be the destination on the Eastern Shore for both local and vacationing writers. In addition, the Guild will promote the works of local writers through readings, book launches and social media.

The Lighthouse Literary Guild is an evolving concept. We are looking for your feedback, so if you have an idea for a course or instructor, please let us know. Our department email is and subscribe to our emails to keep up to date on news and events. 


The Lighthouse Literary Guild is supported in part by an anonymous donor through the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc.



Fall 2017 Lighthouse Literary Guild


Six session writing classes meeting once a week for 90 minutes each session, $60 for each course. Class sizes are limited. Register online now.



Fall 2017 Session II

Using Poetic Devices to Enrich Your Writing with Nancy Mitchell. Mondays beginning 11/6 from 4:30-6 pm.
In weekly workshops we will critique writing with an eye/ear/mind/heart to how successful fellow writers have been in articulating intention with a variety of literary techniques. Writing will be generated by prompts given by the instructor at the beginning of each class. Three days before class meets fellows will e-mail each other work, which they will critique before class. In workshop we will share these critiques with fellow writers. 

Creating and Managing a Killer Blog with Mindie Burgoyne. Tuesdays beginning 11/7 from 4-5:30 pm. 
Mindie will share the techniques she uses to run several successful blogs, both for business development and for fun. 

Show, Don't Tell - Using Art as Your Muse with Shannon Hinman. Wednesdays beginning 11/8 from 4:30-6 pm.
This course combines descriptive writing instruction with an art infusion, meant to inspire any writer to create vivid images with words. 

Writing for Publication with Susan Canfora. Thursdays beginning 11/2 from 2:30-4 pm.
This class will focus on the correct way to write for various kinds of publications, from letters to the editor to newspaper columns to magazine articles. Depending on the target audience and kind of publication, writing styles vary. These would be discussed, as well as using proper sentence structure and grammar, colorful descriptions, high-level vocabulary and a style of writing that draws and keeps the reader's attention. In this class you will learn to mold articles in a way that takes the readers by the hand and draw them all the way through the story, keeping their interest while educating, entertaining and informing the readers. Students will discuss the process of getting published as well as focus on mastering correct grammar and punctuation and improving vocabulary.  


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Meet the Instructors!

Writer and Teacher Nancy MitchellNancy Mitchell is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner and the author of The Near Surround (Four Way Books, 2002) and Grief Hut (Cervena Barva Press, 2009). Her recent poems appear, or will soon appear, in Poetry Daily, Agni, Washington Square Review, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry, Columbia College Literary Review, and Thrush, among others. She, with Danny Lawless, is the co-editor of and contributor to Plume Interviews I, forthcoming in February, 2017.

Mitchell teaches at Salisbury University and serves as the Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume. She can be reached at

Prompted by her personal love of writing, Writer and Teacher Shannon HinmanShannon Hinman has been in the educational field for almost 10 years, teaching English to high school and college students. She earned her Master’s in English and has taught creative writing classes professionally and informally in her free time. She is currently writing her first novel and continues to expand on her own craft by engaging in collaborative writing and discussion. Knowing that writing is a compilation of ideas, craft, and process, Shannon hopes to inspire her students to find the unique story that lives within each of us.

Susan Canfora

Susan Canfora is a lifetime journalist who has been in the newspaper business for 37 years. She has been a news reporter for the Salisbury Independent newspaper since it launched in the spring of 2014. A native of Western Pennsylvania, she earned a bachelor's degree in English at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and completed courses toward a master's degree in English Literature, also at SRU. After relocating to Ocean City in 1985, she earned a master's degree in post-secondary education at Salisbury University. Canfora has been teaching journalism, writing, grammar and related courses at SU and Wor-Wic Community College since 1998. She also offers private tutoring, editing and writing services through her personal business, Canfora Enterprises. A resident of Ocean Pines, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs and six cats, playing pickle ball and corn hole, biking and vegetarian cooking.

Mindie Burgoyne

Mindie Burgoyne is a storyteller who hails from a long line of storytellers. She uses that capability today as a travel writer, blogger, author, tour operator and speaker.  Her focus is traveling within the context of a story to mystical – magical places that stir the heart, mind and spirit.  Her tour company has three subsidiaries  – Chesapeake Ghost Walks – a cluster of 12 regional ghost walks on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Thin Places Mystical Tours – annual tours and travel services to mystical / sacred sites in Ireland, and Travel Hag Adventures – a travel club for girlfriends.

Mindie is the immediate past president of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and has written six books on regional travel. Her writings and photographs have been featured in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, CBS News, National Geographic Television Network, The Today Show, Maryland Life Magazine, What’s Up Eastern Shore, the National Catholic Reporter, Guideposts, the Vancouver Sun, Metropolitan Magazine and Notre Dame Magazine as well as numerous business and travel websites.  Mindie currently runs four blog sites – three focusing on travel and one is an opinion blog.

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