Upcoming Events

September 15, 2015 – November 17, 2015

NEW POSSIBILITIES OF EXPRESSION: A 10-Week Poetry Workshop

ShollInstructor: Betsy Sholl
Date: Tuesday, September 15 – November 17
Time: 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
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 15, 2015 6:00 am
End: November 17, 2015 8:30 pm

September 16, 2015 – November 18, 2015

WRITING FROM MEMORY TO STORY: A Ten-Week Memoir Workshop

Instructor: Meredith Hall
Date: Wednesdays, September 16 – November 18
Time: 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
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 16, 2015 6:00 pm
End: November 18, 2015 8:30 pm

September 17, 2015 – November 19, 2015

PEOPLE WATCHING: A 10-Week Fiction Workshop in Characterization

Lewis-RobinsonInstructor: Lewis Robinson
Date: Thursdays, September 17 – November 19
Time: 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
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 17, 2015 6:00 pm
End: November 19, 2015 8:30 pm

September 19, 2015 – October 31, 2015

TURNING THE PAGE: TELLING STORIES THAT MOVE: A Dynamic, Six-Week Fiction Workshop

ThayerInstructor: Cynthia Underwood Thayer
Date: Saturdays, September 19 – October 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ellsworth (Moore Community Center)
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $375 | Nonmember $525
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 19, 2015 9:30 am
End: October 31, 2015 1:30 pm

IN A FLASH: Writing Tight Prose

CB Anderson HEAD SHOTInstructor: CB Anderson
Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 19, 2015 10:30 am
End: September 19, 2015 3:30 pm

September 19, 2015 – September 20, 2015

THE FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF STORY: A Two-Part Fiction Workshop

SmithInstructor: Frank O Smith
Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 19 – 20
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: CCLC, Trescott
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $150 | Nonmember $200
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 19, 2015 10:30 am
End: September 20, 2015 5:30 pm

RADICAL REVISION: A Poetry Workshop

GreenbergInstructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $105
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: September 19, 2015 12:00 pm
End: September 19, 2015 3:00 pm

September 23, 2015

OXFORD DEBATE: MFA vs NYC vs RCjr!

DATE Wednesday, September 23
TIME Doors at 6:30 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
LOCATION SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress Street in Portland
FREE

 

The MWPA’s Oxford Debate series continues!

 

With the 2014 publication of the anthology MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, the literary conversation continued about which is the better option for writers: earn an MFA in creative writing or move to NYC, the country’s publishing capital.

 

Not being as widely discussed is the third alternative: Ron Currie, Jr. Maine native Ron Currie, Jr. has a high school degree and had just quit working as a short order cook in Waterville when his first book was published by Penguin in 2007—that publication earned him the prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library.

 

Arguing in favor of the MFA will be Iowa Writers Workshop alum Justin Tussing. Making a case for NYC will be Porochista Khakpou. Stating a case for neither the MFA nor moving to NYC is Ron Currie, Jr.

 

OUR DEBATERS

CurrieRon Currie, Jr. holds a high school degree from Waterville High School in Maine. His debut book, God is Dead (Penguin, 2007) received the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, as well as the Metcalf award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Writing in the New York Times about his first novel, Everything Matters! (Penguin, 2009), Janet Maslin called Currie a “startlingly talented writer” who “survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice of his own.” Currie’s second novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles (Viking) appeared in 2013.

 

 

 

 

KhakpourPorochista Khakpour’s debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic, 2007), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and won the 77th annual California Book Award prize in First Fiction. Her second novel, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury USA, 2014) is set in NYC, where she lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TussingJustin Tussing is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His debut novel, The Best People in the World (HarperCollins, 2006), was awarded the 2006 Ken Kesey Award for the Novel. Currently the interim director of the Stonecoast MFA at the University of Southern Maine. His second novel has just been sold by agent Bill Clegg to editor Pat Strachan at Catapult Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This free event is co-presented by the MWPA and SPACE and is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kirby Family Foundation

Start: September 23, 2015 6:30 pm
End: September 23, 2015 6:30 pm

October 7, 2015

LORI OSTLUND & RICHARD RUSSO IN CONVERSATION

An Authors Guild Literary Introduction Series event

 

DATE Wednesday, October 7
TIME Doors at 6:30 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
LOCATION SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress Street, Portland ME
FREE

 

Join us for a candid conversation between Richard Russo and Lori Ostlund about her debut novel After the Paradise (available September 22 from Scribner). Ostlund will discuss the challenges she’s faced as an emerging author with Pulitzer Prize winner Russo, who will share his own publishing experiences.

 

This event is sponsored by the Authors Guild, SPACE Gallery, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and Longfellow Books, and is part of the Literary Introduction series. The Authors Guild founded the series in order to showcase talented emerging writers and to host open dialogues about the writing and publishing business.

 

This free event is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Kirby Family Foundation


Lori Ostlund author photo bw_credit Dennis Hearne

Lori Ostlund’s most recent novel After the Parade will be published in September 2015. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Most recently, her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, and the Kenyon Review. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with Anne Raeff and their two cats, Oscar and Prakash. VISIT www.loristlund.com

 

 

 

 

RussoRichard Russo is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Straight Man, Bridge of Sighs, Nobody’s Fool, and Empire Falls, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Russo is also the author of the short story collection, The Whore’s Child and Other Stories, and a memoir, Elsewhere. He writes frequently for film and television (including two adaptations of his own novels). He and his wife live in Portland, Maine

Start: October 7, 2015 6:30 pm
End: October 7, 2015 8:00 pm

October 9, 2015 – October 10, 2015

BAR HARBOR KIDS BOOK FESTIVAL

Bar Harbor Kids

 

 

 

 

 

The inaugural Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival will bring together kids, authors, illustrators and books in an awesome celebration on October 9 and 10. The festival brings authors and illustrators to the Mount Desert Island community for two full days of school visits, public appearances, contests and interactions with both kids and adults.

 

The MWPA is thrilled to help sponsor this event and especially proud of the MWPA members who will be featured as part of the amazing cast of authors:

 

Megan Frazer Blakemore (2015 Maine Literary Award Winner!)
Ellen Booraem
Wendy Brotherlin
Russ Cox
Jennifer Jacobson
Carrie Jones
Shannon Messenger
G.A. Morgan
Shannon Parker
Mark Scott Richards (2015 Maine Literary Award Winner!)
Kim Ridley
Sarah Thomson
Lea Wait

 

+ READ MORE Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival

Start: October 9, 2015 8:00 am
End: October 10, 2015 5:00 pm