This August I will be teaching a week-long writing course on Appledore Island in the Gulf of Maine. Last year, the first time around, we had a blast, embarking on an Ahab-like quest for hagfish, observing the role played by mind-controlling parasites in the ecology of the island's tidal zone, learning how to use broken 300-year-old pipe stems and cod ear bones to reconstruct American's first economic boom, and much more. (Here are some articles the students wrote about their experiences.) This year promises to be just as much fun (and intense). The deadline for registering is April 16. You can reigster and get more information on the course page at the Shoals Marine Lab web site. (Shoals is jointly run by Cornell and the University of New Hampshire.) For those beyond college interested in the class, here are some details about taking the course non-credit.