NonantumRiverviewFriday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16
Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014

Join the MWPA for a weekend of workshops, seminars, readings, and writing at the stunning seaside Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. With river waterfront to wander and a workshop faculty of acclaimed authors, the weekend-long 2013 Fall Writing Retreat is designed to inspire.

In addition to the intensive morning workshops in a variety of writing genre, the weekend will include both craft business of writing seminars, as well as faculty and participant readings.

Workshops meet for three-hour sessions on both Saturday and Sunday morning. In our workshops, instructors use a variety of teaching techniques, including: guiding group critiques of works-in-progress; leading exercises for generating new material; and offering strategies and suggestions for revision.

Thanks to our partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, we are proud to offer a Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers, which will cover the full cost of one attendee to the 2014 Fall Writing Retreat. See the FELLOWSHIP section below for more information on how to apply.

*Please note: If you intend to apply for a fellowship but would like to ensure you have a spot at the 2014 Fall Writing Retreat regardless of whether or not you win the fellowship, you must reserve your spot by paying in full in advance; if you win the fellowship, your payment will be refunded.


Click the workshop titles to learn more.

Plots Are For Dead People:
A Workshop on How to Structure and, Yes, Even Plot, Your Stories and Novels
Fiction with Brock Clarke

Crafting Our Stories into Memoir
Memoir with Meredith Hall

Throw Away the Light
Poetry with Betsy Sholl


Attendees to the 2014 Fall Writing Retreat can select from a variety of options:

As always, we offer an all-inclusive retreat package that includes a participant’s workshop fees, lodging, and meals. Attend one workshop track and receive top-notch instruction from our accomplished faculty, and take part in a variety of Saturday afternoon seminars on both craft and business-of-writing oriented seminars. *Pricing includes lodging and the meal plan includes dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and lunch on Sunday.
MWPA Members: Single Room $550 | MWPA Members: Double Room $450
→ Nonmembers: Single Room $650 | Nonmembers: Double Room $550

Attend the writing retreat but rather than partake in the workshops, use your room as a writing studio and enjoy uninterrupted writing time. Join your fellow writers for meals, Saturday afternoon seminars, and evening readings. *Pricing includes lodging and the meal plan includes dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and lunch on Sunday.
MWPA Members: Single Room $400 | MWPA Members: Double Room $300
→ Nonmembers: Single Room $500 | Nonmembers: Double Room $400

This option is the same as the Full Package but does not include any lodging or meals. *Commuters may purchase meals a la carte.
→ MWPA Members: $200 | Nonmembers: $300


*Registration Deadline: November 3, 2014

→ Registration Form: Download a printable HERE (coming soon!)

Send us your completed registration form and check payment to MWPA, Attn: Fall Writing Retreat, 314 Forest Avenue #318, Portland ME 04101
Call to have your registration and payment processed over the phone: 207.228.8263
Fax in your completed registration form and credit-card information: 207.228.8150
ONLINE: You can also register and pay online using PayPal:


  1. Click on the “Pay Now” button above.
  2. In the field marked “Enter description,” please type “2014 FWR” and the workshop track you want to attend (e.g.: – Fiction)
  3. In the field labeled “Item price,” please enter the payment amount for the registration option you desire (i.e., Full Package, Commuter, etc.)
  4. Fill in your billing information (contact information, credit card number), submit your payment, and you’re done. You will receive an email confirming that your registration and payment have been received.


In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, the MWPA is proud to offer the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. The Dibner Fellowships provide grants to promising Maine writers who have not published a full-length book to allow them to further their writing skills and experience. The fellowships are open to writers of all genres and there is no fee to apply.

The Dibner Fellowship will cover the full cost of one attendee to the 2013 Fall Writing Retreat. Every applicant must submit an application, statement of need, and work sample.

Fellowship applications must be received in the MWPA office by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status in early November.

→ Read the complete Dibner Fellowship eligibility requirements, guidelines, and instructions
→ Download the Dibner Fellowship application form


If you’re concerned that a workshop might fill up before you have time to fill out and mail a registration form, just contact us and we’d be happy to hold you a workshop slot for up to five days. Contact: or 207.228.8264

The MWPA is not able to accept installment payments. Workshop space will not be reserved until we receive full payment. If an agency, business, school, or other organization is paying student fees, payment is still due at the time of registration. Purchase orders or intent to pay are not accepted. The MWPA accepts checks, money orders, cash, and Visa or MasterCard through our PayPal account, printed registration forms, or over the phone. If you would prefer to pay with American Express or Discover, payment can be made through out PayPal account. If you are unfamiliar with PayPal, we will be happy to assist you. A $25 fee is assessed for bad checks. 

A nonrefundable fee of 25% of the retreat cost is included in each registration. Partial refunds (75% of the retreat fee) will be granted for cancellations made at least one week before the writing retreat. Cancellations made less than one week in advance will not be refunded, no matter how compelling the reason. We cannot refund participants for missed workshops.

Workshops that do not meet a minimum enrollment may be canceled up to two business days (48 hours) prior to the first class meeting. If a workshop is canceled by the MWPA for any reason, all registrants will receive a full refund.

Weather-related cancellations are extremely rare. Call 207.450.1225 to check on the status of your workshop if you are concerned about inclement weather. If a workshop is canceled for weather-related reasons, the MWPA will announce the cancelation as soon as possible, the workshop will be rescheduled, and all registrants will be notified of the new date. If a registrant cannot attend the rescheduled workshop due to scheduling conflicts, the registrant will receive a full refund.