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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

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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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
REGISTRATION FORM 

 

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. 
MORE INFORMATION

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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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

 

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

HOW TO WRITE RIVETING SCENES: A Fiction Workshop

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Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, November 22 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110
REGISTRATION FORM 

 

SAVE 15% Take both this workshop and Steve Almond’s BRILLIANT OPENINGS: How to Hook Readers from Word One at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22; at 15% off, both workshops are $110 for members or $187 for nonmembers.

 

The key to any unforgettable work of prose resides in the quality of its scenes. In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the best scenes ever written, and investigate what it takes to write a scene that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. We’ll also do an in-class exercise (or two) to see if we can improve the tension and emotional impact of our own scenes.

 

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. 
MORE INFORMATION

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

 

Start: November 22, 2014 2:30 pm
End: November 22, 2014 5:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, #318, Portland
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110

December 6, 2014

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

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: CB Anderson
Date & Time: Saturday, December 6 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $105
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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, November 24 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

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

 

Start: December 6, 2014 1:00 pm
End: December 6, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: Cobscook Community Learning Center
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
10 Commissary Point Road, Trescott
Cost: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $105