Gathering of Writers

Gathering of Writers focuses on creating a supportive community of writers to foster the development of each writer's unique voice. Through discussion, modeling, prompts, and time for writing and sharing, we explore craft from all angles. The Gathering is open to all community members, all levels of writing experience and all genres of writing.

In each session we explore a particular aspect of the creative writing craft, from setting to dialogue to point of view. Using excerpts from published materials, we examine how a number of authors have mastered that aspect of writing. A prompt is then offered (and choosing to follow it or not), we write for roughly an hour and then reconvene to read our work aloud and share positive feedback to identify where our work is strongest. At the end of each class, the facilitator summarizes the session and gives some general constructive criticism.

The goal of these workshops is to provide the time and space to work on the craft of writing, explore the stories we want to tell and find a supportive community in which to find our voices.

A Gathering of Writers is facilitated by David Kuchta. David holds a Ph.D. in European History and has taught creative writing classes in a number of programs. He is the author of The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England, 1550-1850, and is currently completing a work of historical fiction.​


Enrollment is $150 for the eight-week series. Limited to 12 participants.
*Please Note: The Gathering of Writers meets in Cahner's Lounge in Hersey Hall.

Registration Form

For more information, contact:

David Kuchta
Maine Women Writers Collection
University of New England
Portland Campus
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland ME 04103-2670
(207) 221-4334