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NEW-CUE Writers Conference Scheduled for June 2004

Complement your Hog Island experience in 2004 by attending the Third Writers’ Conference and Workshop in honor of Rachel Carson, June 15-18 in nearby Boothbay Harbor, Maine, sponsored by NEW-CUE, a non-profit organization of writers and college educators keeping the legacy of Rachel Carson alive.

About the Conference

Nature and Environmental Writers/College and University Educators (NEW-CUE), a non-profit, environmental education organization based in Washington, D.C., will offer its Third Writers’ Conference and Workshop in honor of Rachel Carson at The Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, from June 15-18, 2004. Writers, educators and the interested public are invited to attend.

The theme of the 2004 Conference/Workshop will be “Living Waters,” and the event will be held at one of New England’s finest waterfront resorts in an area that is well-known for tidal pools, coves and salt marshes. The Keynote Address will be delivered by ocean conservationist, Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival, and the Seafood Lover’s Almanac. Safina’s work has been profiled in The New York Times and on the Bill Moyers television special, “Earth on Edge.” He is currently president of the Blue Ocean Institute.

Other featured speakers and presenters will include Cape Cod essayist Robert Finch; Newbery Medal-winning author Jean Craighead George who will be joined by her daughter, author Twig George, a former Director of Education for the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C.; and poet Andrea Cohen who is the director of the Blacksmith House Reading Series in Cambridge, MA. In addition, there will be a performance of a one-woman play, A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and work of Rachel Carson with author/actress Kaiulani Lee. The program of events will also include a marine-life workshop offered by The Chewonki Foundation, presentations and guided activities including hikes led by guides from the Boothbay Region Land Trust, tide pool explorations with a marine biologist from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and a trip to the Burnt Island Lighthouse.

For further details, information and photos from the 2002 Conference/Workshop, please visit our website at, or send an e-mail message to, or telephone (845) 398-4147.