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August 16, 2014

MUDDLE IN THE MIDDLE: A Novel Workshop

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Katharine Davis
Date & Time: Saturday, August 16 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

> REGISTRATION FORM

 

You have the draft or partial draft of a novel. It may be too long, it may be too short, you have some beautiful sentences, but it still doesn’t feel like “a book.” In this three-hour workshop we’ll look at ways to find the shape of the story and craft it into a strong narrative. We will discuss characterization, pacing, and the narrative arc. The task of revision doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you break it down into manageable parts. Bring your questions and problems to the workshop and together we’ll come up with possible solutions for turning your draft into a successful novel.

 

Davis Headshot 2 BWABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Katharine Davis’s first novel Capturing Paris (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) was included in the New York Times suggestions for fiction set in Paris and recommended in Real Simple Spring Travel 2007. Her second novel, East Hope (New American Library, 2009), won the 2010 Maine Literary Award for Fiction. Davis’s third novel, A Slender Thread (New American Library) was released in 2010 and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “an insightful exploration of how a terminal illness can affect not only the one diagnosed, but also the people who love them.”

 

Davis was born in America and raised in Europe. After returning to the States, she settled in the Washington, D.C. area where she taught French and worked at the National Gallery of Art. Today, Davis divides her time between New York City and Maine. She is currently at work on a novel set in Florence, Italy during the summer of 1969.

 

THE FELLOWSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
> DEADLINE: Monday, August 11 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

WHAT TO BRING
Unless otherwise noted in the workshop description, you should bring a pen and paper or your laptop for note taking; please make sure that your laptop is fully charged, since we cannot guarantee that there will be access to power outlets at the workshop.

 

> MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
*Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions.

Start: August 16, 2014 10:30 am
End: August 16, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: USM's Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

August 23, 2014

GETTING UNSTUCK & GETTING REFRESHED: Writing Memoir with the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Maggie Butler
Date & Time: Saturday, August 23 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

> REGISTRATION FORM

 

Feeling stuck or needing fresh ideas for your writing? Want to develop your characters and get to know them more intimately? This one-day workshop utilizing the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method can deliver the goods!

 

This time-honored generative writing workshop method is useful to all levels of writing experience, with each workshop designed to unlock your creativity in a safe, nonjudgmental, and respectful environment. Participants (including the facilitator) write in response to prompts; our responses may be written in our own voice or in the voice of a character. Sharing one’s writing with the group is voluntary.

 

When we give feedback, our comments focus on the strengths of the writing and what is memorable about the work. Because this is brand new, first draft writing that even the author hasn’t yet read, it is not the time to offer criticism of the work. This workshop is about encouraging and opening ourselves to creativity, which hides very quickly when the critic appears.

 

With the feedback given, a writer may then build on the strengths and what’s working with the writing. Each participant will leave this workshop with at least four or five fresh, first draft pieces to develop.

 

Butler HeadshotABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Maggie Butler, MSW, has enjoyed an extensive career as a therapist, educator, coach, and retreat and workshop leader in both the United States and Ireland. A certified Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) workshop facilitator with advanced training in the method, she is an AWA affiliate in both the United States and Ireland.

 

Her poetry has appeared in Crannóg Literary Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, The Aurorean, and an anthology, Journey to Crone. In 2013 she participated in an Ekphrasis exhibit (one of her favorite things to do) at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth.

 

She is currently working on a novel, from which an excerpt (Women in Black) won the 2011 Maine Literary Award for Short Works (fiction). Her screenplay, Pilgrimage of Grace, won a Best Screenplay (feature) award at the 2004 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and placed as a finalist in the 2011 Maine Literary Drama Award category.

 

THE FELLOWSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form: http://mainewriters.org/programs/dibner-fellowships.

> APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, August 11 at 9 AM
> MORE INFO

 

WHAT TO BRING
Unless otherwise noted in the workshop description, you should bring a pen and paper or your laptop for note taking; please make sure that your laptop is fully charged, since we cannot guarantee that there will be access to power outlets at the workshop.

 

> MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
*Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions.

Start: August 23, 2014 10:30 am
End: August 23, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Rockland Public Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
80 Union Street, Rockland, ME, 04841, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

September 27, 2014

BEYOND “SHOW, DON’T TELL”: The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Writing a Narrative

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: CB Anderson
Date & Time: Saturday, September 27 | 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

> REGISTRATION FORM

 

Writers are often urged to “show, don’t tell.” But how wholeheartedly should we apply this dictum, and what are its limitations? In this workshop open to fiction and nonfiction writers, participants will examine what it means to create work that integrates showing and telling, maintaining forward motion while offering pushback that enables readers to exit the story with expanded perspective. To accomplish this, a story must deepen as it goes. Participants will look at work by a variety of nonfiction and fiction writers to see how they balance readability vs. resistance, action vs. abstraction.

 

NOTE Participants should be prepared to write during the workshop, and are asked to bring a piece of their own work-in-progress—memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction—of between 1,000- and 5,000-words.

 

CB Anderson HEAD SHOTABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CB Anderson is a cross-genre writer whose story collection River Talk (C&R Press 2014) was called “an uncommonly clearsighted collection of short fiction…” in a Kirkus starred review. She teaches graduate and undergraduate writing at Boston University, from which she also holds an M.S. in Journalism. Winner of numerous prizes, including the New Millennium Award and the Mark Twain Award for short fiction, Anderson’s stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.) and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook, Boston Magazine, usatoday.com, Down East and others, and has twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin).  Anderson lives with her family in Maine and Boston. VISIT: cbanderson.net

 

THE FELLOWSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.

> DEADLINE: Monday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m.
MORE INFO

 

WHAT TO BRING
Unless otherwise noted in the workshop description, you should bring a pen and paper or your laptop for note taking; please make sure that your laptop is fully charged, since we cannot guarantee that there will be access to power outlets at the workshop.

 

> MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
*Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions.

 

Start: September 27, 2014 12:30 pm
End: September 27, 2014 4:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115