(Note: The title for this entry is a lesser-known definition of the word "solstice". You'll see why in a minute).
If you are looking for a conference experience to accelerate your writing this summer, I recommend you consider the Solstice Summer Writer's Conference of Pine Manor College. Directed by the estimable Meg Kearney, this conference invites you to pursue poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction with an accomplished faculty, including a poetry workshop lead in part by the editor of my favorite and most-often-reached-for anthology (Verse and Universe): Kurt Brown. Check out the conference site and you'll see how aptly named it is. But hurry: applications must be postmarked by May 28, and "the earlier you apply, the greater your chances of earning a place in the workshop you most want to attend".
A note on the director: Meg is a talented (and generous) poet and editor. If you can't get to Massachusetts for Solstice, try to make it to National Arts Club next month. Meg recently helped helm the collection Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews, which she, her coeditors and selected contributors will read from on June 2 at 8 PM. Go!