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March 6, 2013

Watershed Association seeking volunteers

The Merrimack River Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to lead one or more summer paddling trips this year.

Trip leaders should have experience kayaking, but do not need to be experienced in leading paddling trips or trained in assisting special needs. The organized trip schedule takes place from April through October 2013. If you are interested in leading a paddling trip, please contact Caroly Shumway 978-655-4742 or cshumway@merrimack.org.

The association is also seeking volunteers for its water quality monitoring program. The monitoring will take in Nashua with the Souhegan Watershed Association, the Spicket River, a project in partnership with Groundwork Lawrence, from April through October. Time commitment: half a day/month. If interested, please contact Shumway.

Applications open for writing institute at UMass Amherst

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets and Writers, one of the nation’s oldest and finest creative writing programs, will hold its 10th annual Juniper Summer Writing Institute from June 23-29 and eighth annual Institute for Young Writers from June 22-30.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute offers a week of workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir, craft sessions, readings, and manuscript consultations with world-renowned faculty and writers in residence including Mark Doty, Joy Williams, Dara Wier, Anthony Doerr, D.A. Powell, Noy Holland, Peter Gizzi, Ben Marcus, Matthea Harvey, Paul Lisicky, Maggie Nelson, Timothy Donnelly, Stacey Levine, and Susan Steinberg. Poets and writers of all levels gather from the surrounding area and across the country to form a community of writers dedicated to exploring the creative process and advancing their craft.

The Institute for Young Writers offers specialized workshops and seminars for high-school-aged writers. With programming especially for young writers and access to acclaimed authors through the adult institute, the Institute for Young Writers offers an extraordinary experience to high school students and recent graduates.

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