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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.

Summer 2018

Poet James ArthurPoetry Writing Retreat with James Arthur

August 23 - 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning hosts a two-day poetry writing retreat with poet James Arthur , August 23 -24. Registration is $175, $160 Lighthouse Poetry Society, ESWA and MWA members. Includes continental breakfast and lunch

This retreat provides an immersion into poetry writing for poets of all levels. Participants examine several contemporary poems, paying close attention to structural elements like meter, assonance, refrain and the poet’s management of the verse line.

They also determine how each poem establishes expectations in the reader’s mind, then either gratifies or subverts those expectations. Brief in-class writing exercises give participants the opportunity to apply these techniques in first-draft poems of their own.

Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic and Poetry, among others. His honors include Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, Stanford University’s Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship and the Discovery/The Nation Prize. His debut poetry collection, Charms Against Lightning, is available from Copper Canyon Press.

An assistant professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, he also has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Northern Ireland. In summer 2017 he was in residence at the Al Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, Canada.


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Poetry Reading with James Arthur

August 23, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Workshop participants are invited to share poems at a gathering at Salisbury University, with visiting poet James Arthur. Free event, the public is invited to attend. RSVP required. Call 410-543-6090 or email for more information. 



Fall 2018 Lighthouse Literary Guild Classes

Fall Courses Doc

Poetry Writing with Nancy Mitchell
Mondays 9/10-10/15
Blackwell Hall

Understanding Poetry: The Way In with Nancy Mitchell
Tuesdays 9/11-10/16
Blackwell Hall



Writing Your Novel or Memoir with Pat Valdata
Thursdays 9/13-10/18
Blackwell Hall





Submitting Written Pieces Online with Tara Elliott
Wednesdays 9/26-10/10
Blackwell Hall


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