June 24, 2018
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County group helping budding authors, poets

By Joseph Cyr Houlton Pioneer Times, Special to the BDN

HOULTON, Maine — A small group of flourishing writers in the southern Aroostook area have been honing their English language skills, thanks to efforts by the Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project.

The group’s goal is to support the literary arts in the local community by providing a productive and nurturing venue where writers, or those who want to learn how to write creatively, can gather with their peers and receive feedback.

“We started this project well over a year ago,” said Bob Cowperthwaite, a member of SACAP. “Barbara Sutton and Marc Arndt were keys in getting the group up and running. I think that first night we had about 12 people show up.”

The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every other Wednesday at Visions gallery on Main Street in Houlton. Writers have come from Houlton, Smyrna, Amity and Haynesville to regularly attend the workshops.

“We sit around and write, and then read what we have written for the others in the group,” Cowperthwaite said. “What has evolved over time has been the creation of a writing prompt, which gives us a theme to write short pieces.”

About 40 authors, ranging in age from 11 to in the 80s, participate semiregularly. Former university professor Judy Metcalf also attends the sessions and offers critiques and suggestions for improvement.

The goal of the group is to grow and nurture potential poets or novelists in the community. For more information about the group, call 532-9119.

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