Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: Saturday, October 13 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Bangor Public Library
Level: Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 9 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $140
Registration Closes: October 4

This intensive, exclusive workshop—capped at just nine attendees—is geared toward dedicated writers interested in digging deeper into their personal narratives in a supportive and constructive group setting.

Two weeks prior to this workshop, participants will submit an essay or excerpt from a longer work-in-progress. Each participant will then be assigned two manuscripts to critique based on provided guidelines—one doesn’t need to be a professional editor to provide a thorough evaluation of the work, just a thoughtful and engaged reader who can ask questions and offer personal insight. Participants will also receive copies of the remaining manuscripts to read prior to the class to aid in a lively discussion.

At the workshop, attendees will read aloud their submissions. With Peavey’s guidance, the participants who critiqued each specific piece will help lead the discussion. Each participant’s manuscript will be discussed for half an hour, during which time they will hear critiques from the group, ask questions, follow up on comments, and air whatever concerns they have about the piece. Peavey will end each participant’s session with a wrap-up and suggestions for next steps.

*Participants should have taken a class or workshop in memoir, have memoir-writing experience, or a significant work-in-progress. We strive to be inclusive and this workshop is self-selecting, but please be thoughtful when selecting the right workshop for you.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript of up to 1000-words, in standard formatting (12 pt Times New Roman, 1″ margins, double-spaced), by no later than 9:00 a.m. on October 4. Please email the manuscripts as attachments to “” with the subject line: “PEAVEY WORKSHOP MSS.”  *Word files are preferred, but you may also send a PDF.

PeaveyElizabeth Peavey’s one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses since 2011 and won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama. It made its New York City debut in May 2015.

She is the author of Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and FriendshipOutta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, another MLA recipient.

Peavey has taught public speaking at the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years, was a guest lecturer of creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington and served as writer in residence at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. She has taught her popular memoir workshop for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance since the days of quill and parchment, as well at the 2015 Stonecoast Summer Conference. She is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and associations around the state. Her current humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at VISIT

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For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at

Call 207-228-8263 and register with your VISA or MasterCard.

If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.




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