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Lighthouse Literary Guild

A Resource for Aspiring and Working Writers

The 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 Guild Special Events

Emily RichWriting Your Memoir: From Draft to Craft

October 12 - November 16, 9-10:30 am.
SU At the Beach: Ocean Pines Community Center
$60 for the series


Participants explore personal writing, examining elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail and writing scenes. In addition to workshopping each others' writing, those taking the class also read essays on the craft and sample works of successful memoirists.


Emily Rich is the editor of the Delmarva Review, and writes mainly memoir and essays. Her work has been published by a number of small presses including Little Patuxent Review, r.kv.ry, The Pinch and Hippocampus. Her essays have been listed as notables in Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. Her story "Black Market Pall Malls" won Biostories magazine's 2015 War and Peace essay contest.  

Pat Valdata - The First Chapter: A Retreat for Prose Writers Pat Valdata

October 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Early bird registration $60 by October 1. 
$80 after October 1.
Light breakfast and lunch included. 

The Lighthouse Literary Guild at Salisbury University's Center for Extended & Lifelong Learning is hosting a one-day writing retreat with Pat Valdata, award winning author and poet, October 21 from 9 am to 3 pm. 

Retreat participants will use a mix of discussions and writing exercises to help generate ideas for beginning a novel or memoir. The day's work will include writing as a practice, developing characters, and producing a first chapter.

The retreat takes place at the University House, 1116 Camden Ave. Participants should bring plenty of paper and pens!

Pat Valdata is an award-winning novelist and poet with an MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. Her books include two novels, Crosswind and The Other Sister (2008 Árpad Academy gold medalist), and two poetry books, Where No Man Can Touch (2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize) and Inherent Vice.

Pat lives in Crisfield, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor who teaches creative writing online for the University of Maryland University College.   

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Lighthouse Literary Guild Writing Classes.

Six sessions 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.

Creating and Managing a Killer Blog with Mindie Burgoyne. Tuesdays beginning 11/7 from 4-5:30 pm. 

Show, Don't Tell - Using Art as Your Muse with Shannon Hinman. Wednesdays beginning 11/8 from 4:30-6 pm.

Writing for Publication with Susan Canfora. Thursdays beginning 11/2 from 2:30-4 pm.


Register Now!

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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