Instructor: Ryan Britt
Date & Time:
Saturday, August 18 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location:
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: August 13


The aim of this class is to help writers create crisp, concise essays, targeted toward readers and editors of literary magazines and high-profile digital publications. Writers don’t want to waste readers’ time, and this class won’t waste writers’ time.

This class will offer practical advice for conceiving and crafting personal essays. It will cover a variety of subjects, from topic selection to time-saving editing techniques to establishing clear parameters, in order to help writers craft better, sharper essays.

Common concerns about the subject matter of personal essays, how to tackle hybrid essays, and how to make ethical cuts and omissions will be all addressed. Attendees will also learn structural tricks to help spin dramatic tension from everyday events, as well as simple coping strategies for pushing through blocks.


BrittRyan Britt is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His first book, the essay collection Luke Skywalker Can’t Read was published by Plume (Penguin Random House) in 2015 and was praised by Vanity FairPaste, and many others. Ryan’s writing has been published in the New York Times, VICE, Tor.com, CNN Style, The Morning News, and numerous online outlets. Ryan was a senior editor at Inverse and is currently a contributor to Fatherly. He has taught writing courses for over seven years at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and Catapult. He is represented by The Fischer-Harbage Agency and lives with his wife and daughter.


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For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at perry@mainewriters.org.

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SCHOLARSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on August 6 at 9:00 a.m.
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