During the Festival, theMFoA hosts a judged and juried exhibit of original, previously unpublished adult and student short fiction, non-fiction essays, and poetry. All accepted entries are available for public reading. Awards include Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, the Marcia Doehner Award and the Georgette Beck Award. Award-winning entries are published in the Writers’ World booklet, A Collection of Winning Entries, available for purchase at Writers’ World and at the Literary Cafe.
Marcia Littlehales Doehner was an accomplished poet and an English teacher at Marblehead High School. Her poem, Arachne, won the 1988 Best of Show award in the Writers’ World poetry category. In 1989 and 1990, she served as Co-Chairperson of Writers’ World. The following year, the Marcia Doehner Writing Center at Marblehead High School was dedicated in her honor.
Her poems, many of which were published in Marblehead Magazine, are filled with vivid imagery and revolve around themes of childhood and family, nature, and travel. They reveal a keen understanding of human connections and an ever-present sense of humor. She died in June of 1991 at the age of 53 from cancer. A collection of her poems, A Season for Flying, was published posthumously.
The Marcia Doehner Award was founded by her parents, sister, and friends as a lasting tribute to the beloved teacher and poet. It was given first during the 1992 Festival of Arts and is now awarded annually to a poet as part of the Writers’ World Exhibit.
The Georgette Beck Award may be awarded annually to an artist entered in the Writer’s World Exhibit. Initiated in 2012, this award recognizes the author of a Writer’s World play or prose submission that exhibits the “wit, insight and humanity” personified by the work of writer, playwright, actress and director Georgette Beck of Marblehead. The award is made in conjunction with the Mugford Street Players.
Each year, the Marblehead Festival of Arts invites writers to give aspiring artists guidance and inspiration in workshop settings. Writer’s World Workshops are now listed in the Calendar below and can be printed from here.
The Mugford Street Players will read selections from the winning entries, as they have done since Writer’s World started. They will read the entries awarded Best of Show and Outstanding Works in each category, the Marcia Doehner Award, and the Georgette Beck Award. Please join the Players, along with the authors, to enjoy their contributions to the Festival of the Arts and the art world. The readings will be held July 4th at 2 pm in the Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Café offers a comfortable place where readers and writers may discuss works while enjoying coffee, tea, and light fare. The Café is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church.
For information on entering works for Writers’ World, please visit our Exhibits Page and scroll down to the Writer’ World section.
Writers’ World Chairperson: Carol Thompson and Laura Smith
Dramatic Reading Chairpersons: Jim Robinson, Bill Smalley, and Jim Butterfield (Emeritae)
Dramatic Reading Committee: The Mugford Street Players
Literary Arts Café Chairpersons: Chuck Scheffreen & Carol Thompson