Bringing Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha’s Vineyard to You


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

The best thing about having a blog is being able to share experiences — people and places — with others.  My recent stint at Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha’s Vineyard has given me the opportunity to introduce not only the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, but also some of the wonderful writers I was fortunate to share a space of time with while there.  And when you have met them, you will want to attend a session there as well.

IMG_0733 I made a lot of progress with the Young Adult novel I was working on and I also learned a lot about myself.

For instance, I discovered the perfect rhythm of a day for me — write from 6 am to noon while guzzling coffee, take a l-o-n-g walk to the beach, IMG_1420light lunch, shower and dress for the evening, IMG_0754  stroll with writing friends to the wharf, shops in Edgartown, or other sightseeing spots, dinner, IMG_0957long group discussions, journaling until bedtime.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect day?

I also discovered I could read from a section of my work-in-progress without breaking into tears although it resonated with a particularly emotional time in my life.

My First Official Reading
My First Official Reading

And I met and became friends with some amazing poets and writers.  Talent oozed from the doors and windows, and I just hoped a little of it would rub off on me.

IMG_1388  But here’s the best part.  You can do it too.  And over the next few weeks I’ll be bringing some of the people I met to you through interviews and excerpts of their work.  IMG_0978 IMG_0983 IMG_1444

You’re going to be so impressed!

The first interview I have planned is with the director of Noepe, Justen Ahren.  You can follow the links and apply for your own writing corner on Martha’s Vineyard.  And when you have read these interviews, you will want to do just that.

Where do you want your writing to take you?

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.   

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  1. I love the part about reading from your work and not breaking into tears. I feel teary about my kitty situation just now and that brought a smile to my face.

  2. It seems like so many things are going on in your life, Renee. And I hope you are enjoying every moment of it. My best wishes are with you for your book and all future projects.

    1. Arindam! How happy I am to have you visiting again. Thank you for all of your good wishes, and right back at ya! I know things are moving quickly for you too right now. Good Luck!

  3. Stunning.
    I’d LOVE to visit there, explore. This is a dream of mine.
    I Love that you read from your work. I understand. One cried because the words are YOUR Story, your soul.
    Btw, you are gorgeous. x

    1. You should visit and I have been sharing your blog site with my new friends, who visited with you there (whether or not they left a comment). We’re all one big circle of support for each other, don’t you think? And thanks for the compliment. It was a good day.

  4. Martha’s Vineyard is gorgeous. I’ve only been there once. It was for a conference, but not a writing one. Perhaps that should be my goal–a writer’s conference there, because it’s such a great environment from which to seek inspiration. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Much appreciated.

    1. Thank you too Carrie. And you should definitely check out the Noepe Center for a session of your own. My next post will be with the director of the Martha’s Vineyard Writing Residency and once you meet him, you’ll want to go there even more than ever.

  5. This sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m also an early morning writer (when I finally get around to writing) 😉 I’m looking forward to your upcoming interviews.

    1. That’s one of the beauties of having the space and time to write, you can find out what your natural rhythms are. Sounds like you already know yours, which is wonderful. I hope you enjoy the interviews.

    1. It is indeed validating to be among so many talented and generous writers. And don’t you find that when you finally name what it is you want, it is a lot easier to claim it? Love the writer’s life. Thanks Monica.

  6. I want to be a mermaid! 🙂 🙂 That lighthouse shot is truly lovely, Renee. It does indeed sound like the perfect day. I’m wishing and wishing!

  7. Oh to go to Martha’s Vineyard would be a dream come true for me! I love this post, you do indeed have the perfect day. I also write best in the early morning until about noon, then get on with everything else after that. On a good day that is…so long as I really make sure to do just that. Looking forward to your posts and so happy to share in your writing joy and journey.

    1. Sherri, you can do it too. Follow the links in the interview with the director, submit your work, and I have no doubt you’d be participating as well. Hope you like the interview series. It is going to be great.

  8. A perfect day. A perfect place. Perfect company and much, much more. An inspiring and beautiful post. Help us see life with fresh, bright perspective. Thank you. All the best to you and your family.

  9. Wonderful interview – both the questions and responses.
    I really like what he said here “It was pure play and joy. It was my first experience of making things out of sound. It was a further investigation into how language, sound, equaled a thing, brought a thing to life. ” And he seems to still hold that joy of language and writing.
    The Writer’s retreat sounds very cool

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