Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, November 22 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110
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SAVE 15% Take both this workshop and Steve Almond’s HOW TO WRITE RIVETING SCENES at 2:30 p.m. on November 22; at 15% off, both workshops are $110 for members or $187 for nonmembers.
Writing’s all fun and games, until the rejections start piling up. In this intensive (though informal!) workshop, we’ll aim to make sure your stories, or essays, draw the reader in, rather than leaving them in the dark. We’ll take a second look at your opening pages, as well as the opening pages of works by Lorrie Moore, Saul Bellow, and others, in an effort to understand how they hook readers from word one.
NOTE participants should bring in the first 250-words of a manuscript—ideally a manuscript that’s been rejected. In fact, it would be best to bring in two manuscripts. Please resist the urge to rewrite them. Bring two copies of excerpts (one for Steve to mark up as you read).
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Steve Almond is the award-winning author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, three of which he published himself. His most recent book is Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Almond’s fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories 2010, McSweeney’s, New England Review, Playboy, Tin House, and many other publications. He has also contributed articles to the Believer, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, GQ, Poets & Writers, The Sun, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and countless other magazines and newspapers.
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.
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