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September 20, 2014

MEMOIR INTENSIVE: THE FULL IMMERSION: An Essay & Memoir Workshop

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: September 20 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $135
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Whether you are knee-deep in your life story or looking for a way to begin, this workshop will give you the tools and guidance necessary to move forward.

 

We will examine the history and nature of memoir and discuss the tricky issue of truth vs. fact. We’ll talk about the way in which imagination informs memory, how our easiest “truths” are not always our best ones and consider new ways to approach being honest with the reader—and ourselves. From there, we’ll get down to the nuts and bolts: how to develop a clear thesis, how to establish your voice, where to start and end your narrative and how to make your world come alive for your reader through sharp prose and vivid detail. Then we will examine these things in our own writing through rewarding workshopping sessions. There are always lots of laughs during these sessions, as well as a few tears shed (usually by the instructor).

 

*NOTE Please bring three printed copies of one completed essay or a section of your memoir-in-progress (no longer than 1,000 words, please) for discussion and critique. A description of constructive critiquing techniques will be sent in advance of the workshop so attendees can help create a supportive and nurturing environment.

 

PeaveyABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Elizabeth Peavey is Portland-based teacher and writer. For nearly twenty years, she has been teaching her highly popular memoir and personal essay workshops for MWPA. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, played to sold-out houses across Maine in 2011 and 2012, and went on to win the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Drama. She is the author of Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, which was awarded the Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book. Her writing is frequently featured in Down East magazine, where she has been a contributing editor since 1997. She has taught public speaking at the University of Southern Maine since 1993 and has also taught creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her latest book, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, which is a collaboration with the renowned landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux, was published in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Maine Literary Award’s John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction. Her current humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at thebollard.com

 

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.
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Start: September 20, 2014 10:00 am
End: September 20, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $135

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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

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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 INFORMATION

 

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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

October 1, 2014

10 WEEKS, 10 POEMS: A High-Powered Poetry Workshop

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct 1 – Dec 10 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
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This ten-week master class in poetry will focus on revising poems in progress and generating new poems that push beyond the bounds of our current work. We will read contemporary poems and decode how some poems whisper in your ear and others punch you in the gut.

 

The workshop will include writing exercises designed to break us out of our usual habits while sinking us deeper into our preoccupations and obsessions. By the end of ten weeks, each student will have ten poems—some close to finished, some in mid-revision, some still starting out—and an idea about how these poems relate to each other and might be assembled into part of a book.

 

MSS SUBMISSION After registering, participants are asked to submit a poetry manuscript of their writing in advance. Participants should please submit a manuscript of 3-5 poems (or 10 pages) by no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 19. Please email the manuscript to director@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “FAY-LEBLANC WORKSHOP MSS”

 

+ Each week’s session will include a poem workshop and discussion of a certain craft aspect of poetry writing (the image, the leap, line breaks, rhythm, received forms, organic forms, etc.)

 

+ Participants of this poetry workshop should be prepared to write a new poem each week as well.

 

+ Participants will study poems by a wide range of mostly contemporary poets like Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Louise Gluck, Timothy Donnelly, Brenda Shaughnessy, and many others.

 

DATES The workshop will meet every Wed between October 1 and December 10 except November 26, which is the week of Thanksgiving.

 

PAYMENTS Participants may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at the first of each month (October, November, December).

 

CEU The MWPA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this workshop. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable as academic credit.)

 

Fay LeBlanc HeadshotABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published in 2012. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, spent several weeks on the Poetry Foundation’s list of contemporary best-sellers, and was featured by Poets & Writers as one of a dozen debut collections to watch. His poems have appeared in magazines including Guernica, The New Republic, and Tin House as well as on the PBS NewsHour’s Art Beat, and appear in recent issues of jubilat, Slice, and The Literary Review.

 

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Start: October 1, 2014 6:00 pm
End: October 1, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-2863
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, #318 , Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600

October 4, 2014 – October 25, 2014

THE BOOK REVIEW BRIGADE: A Two-Part Workshop on the Art of Book Reviewing

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: William Bushnell
Date & Time: Saturday, October 4 AND Saturday, October 25 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: Auburn Public Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $80 | Nonmember $135
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Writers need readers. And all handsome book covers, eye-catching advertisements, and slick marketing campaigns aside, nothing attracts a reader to a book like a captivating, well-written book review. With this in mind, the MWPA is committed to engaging and educating a new army of book reviewers for publication in newspapers, magazines, and blogs in both Maine and beyond. Writers who attended our 2011 Book Review Brigade workshop have already gone on to write for the Christian Science Monitor, ForeWord Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, New Maine Times, The Writer, and other media outlets.

 

Freelance writer and reviewer William D. Bushnell has developed a two-session workshop that will introduce participants to the fundamentals of effective book-review writing, including tips on finding paid work reviewing books. Over the course of this two-session workshop, participants will prepare a professional book review, collectively critique one another’s work, and complete the workshop with a finished review that is ready for submission to a publication.

 

BushnellABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Bill Bushnell has been a professional book reviewer for more than twenty years, publishing more than 2400 book reviews in 35 magazines and newspapers. He reviews fiction and non-fiction, everything from history, biographies, science, nature, and current issues to westerns, mysteries, historical fiction, and children’s books. His reviews have appeared in Library Journal, Maine Times, Civil War magazine, Military History magazine, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Brunswick Times Record, and the Sun newspapers. He currently writes regular review columns for three Maine newspapers (Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, and New Maine Times) and two national magazines (Publishers Weekly and Military Officer), publishing 100 reviews a year. He is a long-time member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He taught a class on book reviewing at USM for eleven years, and now teaches the class for the MWPA. He has also served as a judge for the Maine Reader’s Choice Award for fiction. He lives in Harpswell, and still believes that books are life, but television is just furniture.

 

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 22 at 9:00 a.m.
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Start: October 4, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 25, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Auburn Public Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
49 Spring Street, Auburn, 04210, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $80 | Nonmember $135

October 5, 2014 – October 12, 2014

CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE: A Three-Part Business of Writing Workshop

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Celia Johnson
Dates & Times: Sunday,October 5 | 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday,October 11 | 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday,October 12 | 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Glickman Library at USM in Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $120 | Nonmember $200
*Both fiction and nonfiction writers are welcome to apply.
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A writer’s journey often feels like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, particularly once you venture beyond the manuscript. Crafting a query letter. Developing a proposal. Building a platform. Reaching out to agents and editors. There are all sorts of potential pitfalls at each step. But if you understand the agents’ and editors’ perspectives—or, in other words, the business side of buying a book—it’s much easier to navigate the publishing realm.

 

This three-part workshop is designed to help attendees develop the tools they need to effectively strategize their growth as writers with the business of publishing in mind. We will pay special attention to drafting and redrafting query letters and zeroing in on the best agents and editors to reach out to in the industry.

 

Attendees will leave this workshop with a polished query letter and a game plan for their own project, whether it’s a finished manuscript or one that’s well underway.

 

NOTE In advance of the workshops, each attendee is asked to write a brief statement of up to 250-words about their project and what stage they are in with it.

 

CeliaABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Celia Johnson is the Creative Director of Slice Literary, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing realm. Among other endeavors, Slice Literary publishes Slice magazine and hosts the annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Celia worked as an acquisitions editor at major publishing houses in New York for almost a decade before moving to Maine. Her projects included fiction and nonfiction by bestselling and award-winning authors. Johnson is also an author and her most recent book is Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Perigee/Penguin). Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post, among others.

 

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 22 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

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Start: October 5, 2014 3:00 am
End: October 12, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: USM's Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, #318, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $120 | Nonmember $200

October 7, 2014

MAKING A SCENE: A Dynamic, Ten-Week Short Fiction Workshop

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Lewis Robinson
Date & Time: Tuesdays, Oct 7 – Dec 16 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600   (*See payment options below)
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This ten-week master class in short fiction will focus on the development of dramatic action, the heart of great stories. What makes a scene gripping? How can we keep our readers on the edge of their seats? What are the pitfalls of quiet scenes in which the protagonist takes a bath? Or highly torqued scenes in which the same protagonist is struck by lightning?

 

This workshop will focus on the craft of writing scenes—and complete stories—that compel. The workshop will include writing exercises designed to develop dramatic action, essential description, and psychological underpinnings.

 

MSS SUBMISSION After registering, participants are asked to submit a short story manuscript of their writing in advance. Participants should please submit a short story manuscript of up to 5,000-words by no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 22. Please email the manuscript to director@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “ROBINSON WORKSHOP MSS”

 

+ Each week’s session will include manuscript workshopping and discussion of a certain craft aspect of fiction writing (point of view, setting, dialogue, etc.)

 

+ Participants of this short story bootcamp should be prepared to write at least two new stories. (*Novel excerpts may be acceptable; please contact MWPA director Joshua Bodwell at director@mainewriters.org)

 

+ Participants will study scenes and stories by ZZ Packer, Aimee Bender, Junot Diaz, Lydia Davis, John Cheever, George Saunders, Mailey Meloy, and Alice Munro.

 

DATES The workshop will meet every Tuesday between October 7 and December 16 except November 25, which is the week of Thanksgiving.

 

PAYMENTS Participants may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at the first of each month (October, November, December).

 

CEUs The MWPA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this workshop. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable as academic credit.)

 

Lewis-RobinsonABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Lewis Robinson is the author of the novel Water Dogs (Random House, 2009), a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and Officer Friendly and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2003), winner of the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award and a Whiting Award. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Missouri Review, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review, and on NPR’s program Selected Shorts. Robinson lives in Portland where he is at work on his third book.


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Start: October 7, 2014 6:00 pm
End: October 7, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600 (*See payment options)

October 18, 2014

THE NARRATOR AT THE HEART: A Workshop on Voice in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18 |10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: McArthur Public Library in Biddeford
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125
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Scout Finch. Frankie Landau-Banks. Holden Caulfield. Briony Tallis. In writing for both children and adults the child narrator is often used to cut to the heart of the story, yet writing from a child’s perspective is deceptively difficult. While aiming for naturalism, writers can miss the mark of authenticity. How can we design and maintain the authentic voice of a child or teen narrator?

 

Intended for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction, this workshop will use exercises alongside a mix examples of fiction written for children and adults to define what voice is and what makes a strong child or teen voice.

 

NOTE: Attendees are asked to please to submit the following to the workshop in advance:

–       A one-page (double-spaced, 12-point type) excerpt from a piece of your writing that is in-process

–       Please send your excerpt to info@mainewriters.org with the subject line “Blakemore Workshop”

 

BlakemoreABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author of Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009), The Water Castle (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013), and The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014). The Water Castle was named Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and to the New York Public Library’s list of Titles for Reading and Sharing. It was also a finalist for a 2014 Maine Literary Award and received the Lupine Honor for 2014.

 

Blakemore graduated from Columbia with a degree in English and was in the first class to complete the Undergraduate Creative Writing Certificate Program. She has taught writing to high school students and through the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.

 

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, October 6 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

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Start: October 18, 2014 10:00 am
End: October 18, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: McArthur Public Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
270 Main Street, Biddeford, 04005, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125

November 1, 2014

PO-BIZ 101: A Seminar in Poetry Submission, Publishing and Other Nuts & Bolts

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, November 1 | 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Belfast Free Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110
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Do you want to wade into the waters of publication but haven’t known how? Are you wondering which journals might accept your work? Are you stymied by the rules of contests, cover letters and simultaneous submissions? Or maybe you have tried to send out your poems, to no avail, or want to take your publications to the next level. In this seminar, Arielle will demystify the world of poetry publication, from navigating through the vast sea of literary magazines to preparing poems for submission to keeping good records of it all to what, if any, money there is to be made.

 

Although we won’t be evaluating individual poems by participants, there will be lots of solid, clear information given out about the business end of poetry, and plenty of time for questions and answers.

 

GreenbergABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Arielle Greenberg is a former associate professor in the MFA and undergraduate poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and current faculty in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow, the author of three nationally published poetry collections, and co-editor of several poetry anthologies. She is also a literary critic and scholar and regular columnist for the American Poetry Review.

 

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, October 20 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

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Start: November 1, 2014 1:00 pm
End: November 1, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Belfast Free Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
106 High Street, Belfast, 04915, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110

November 22, 2014

BRILLIANT OPENINGS: How to Hook Readers from Word One

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Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, November 22 | 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 $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).

 

AlmondABOUT 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 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, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. 
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Start: November 22, 2014 10:30 am
End: November 22, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110

GOING TO THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU: A Multi-Genre Workshop in Literary Emotional Risk-Taking

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, November 22 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $105
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Emerson said, “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Arielle’s philosophy is this: why are we writing, if not to experiment, discover hard truths, explore complexities, and surprise ourselves? For this workshop, we will create a safe space to go deep: we’ll look at samples of fearless writing in various genres, use a number of exercises to create lists of the topics and ideas that feel most urgent and scary for us, and then try to write fearlessly toward those ideas. No one will be required to share this work in progress, but everyone will go home with the germs for some brave new writing.

 

This is a generative workshop, in which we’ll be making new work rather than critiquing existing writing, and writers in all genres are welcome.

 

Recommended for intermediate and advanced writers who already have a good sense of their own literary voices and skills and are interested in going further in what they address and how they address it.

 

NOTE: This class will not be workshopping poems in the traditional sense; no previously written poems will be critiqued. Instead, we will be drafting new poems, trying out new modes and techniques, and turning off our inner censors. Come ready to write!

 

GreenbergABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Arielle Greenberg is a former associate professor in the MFA and undergraduate poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and current faculty in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow, the author of three nationally published poetry collections, and co-editor of several poetry anthologies. She is also a literary critic and scholar and regular columnist for the American Poetry Review.

 

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, November 3 1 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

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Start: November 22, 2014 1:00 pm
End: November 22, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Cobscook Community Learning Center
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
10 Commissary Point Road, Trescott
Cost: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $105