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September 6, 2014

WRITING POETRY USING VISUAL CUES: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Ellen Goldsmith & Kitty Winslow
Date & Time: Saturday, September 6 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125
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Celebrate the coming of autumn colors with an exploration of new ways of writing that join poetry with the visual arts. This workshop will take a dual approach: exploring the work of others and creating our own work. Participants will look at poetry that breaks with traditional forms and art that combines text and image. These models will provide frameworks for engaging in a number of poetry-making activities. Conversation will focus on what’s accomplished by innovation and how process both influences product and provides new ideas.

 

NOTE The workshop will include a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. All attendees will be responsible for their own lunches.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Ellen Goldsmith is a poet and teacher, the author of Where to Look, Such Distances and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect, which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest. Her poem “The Secret of Life” was read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac. Recent poems have appeared in Antiphon, Connecticut River Review, The Inflectionist Review, Kin, The Mochila Review, Off the Coast and Third Wednesday. A resident of Cushing, Maine, she is a professor emeritus of The City University of New York.

 

Kitty Winslow is an artist and teacher. She is a former Department Chair at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, CT. She has shown her work through out New England and New York. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant. She has completed residencies at Yaddo and Millay Colonies. Her work is in many public and private collections. Kitty has a love for the written word and is interested in incorporating text in her paintings. Her web site is KittyWinslow.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, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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Start: September 6, 2014 9:30 am
End: September 6, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Rockland Public Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
80 Union Street, Rockland, 04841, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125

September 13, 2014

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

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, September 13 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115
> REGISTRATION FORM

 

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

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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Start: September 13, 2014 10:30 am
End: September 13, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

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.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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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

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FUNNY: A Writing Partnership Exposed

 

MWPA-215x215Instructors: Joyce Doyle & Julie True Kingsley
Date & Time: Saturday, September 20 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 20
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110
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Writing is usually a solitary task, but what happens when you bring together two separate styles and outlooks on the craft? A lot of fun!

 

This session will explore all aspects of a writing partnership including how to share character generation, point of view, plot and tension lines, and plotting techniques, as well as the nitty-gritty of writing with another person. Doyle and Kingsley will take participants through a hands-on shared writing demo and discuss the benefits of this form of writing. The session will end with an open conversation focused on what participants can learn about their own writing by joining a writing partnership.

 

Instructors Joyce Doyle and Julie Kingsley write the National Dating League Series together under the penname Becca Kent.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Joyce Doyle is a freelance and fiction writer living in Portland, Maine. She has worked in public relations, marketing, newspapers, speech writing, and directly with teen literature in libraries. She teaches Writing Children’s and Young Adult Fiction through Portland Adult Education, and has experience facilitating several writers groups for both teens and adults in Massachusetts, Montana, and Maine. Joyce is published in The Writer Magazine, Northwest Travel Magazine, Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine, and Byline Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the New England Press Association and Massachusetts Press Association.

 

Julie Kingsley has had a varied career in freelance writing, teaching, and media. Between classes at Southern Maine Community College where she teaches Writing for Media and Mass Communications, Julie is either writing fiction or working diligently on her start-up venture. Julie is the co-chair of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrator’s Squam Lake Writing Retreat, an annual event gathering experts from the writing world for a week of intensive writing. She lives near Willard Beach in South Portland, Maine.

 

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

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to our terms and conditions.
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Start: September 20, 2014 10:30 am
End: September 20, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: USM’s Glickman Library
Phone: 207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110

September 25, 2014 – September 28, 2014

TURN YOUR STORY INTO A FILM: A Four-Day Screenwriting Workshop for Maine Writers

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Chris Keane
Date & Time: September 25 – 28, 2014 |10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Camden
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 14
Fee: MWPA Member $400 | Nonmember $450 (*includes lunch each day)

 

Working in collaboration with David Lyman (founder and director the Maine Photographic Workshops and The International Film Workshops from 1973 to 2007) and screenwriter/instructor Chris Keane (author of How to Write a Selling Screenplay), the MWPA offers a special member-rate for a four-day workshop for writers and authors with stories they wish to turn into a film scripts.

 

Have a story you want to tell? Written a novel or nonfiction book that you want made into a movie? This course is for writers and storytellers, journalists and reporters, professionals and amateurs—anyone who has a story they wish to turn into a film script. Writing experience is not as important as is a compelling story. Partners and writing teams are welcome.

 

During a series of lectures, readings, and discussions, screenwriter, novelist, and teacher Chris Keane will cover story development, plot structure, creating believable characters, three-act structure, and script formats as well as the writing process. Keane will lead writers through the steps-by-step procedures of turning a story, novel, or idea into a screenplay. There will be daily writing assignments followed by in-class readings of works-in-process, with in-depth critiques and group discussions.

 

Before the workshop begins participants submit a “one-page synopsis” of their story (see details below) for Keane’s review and written critique. Each participant will receive a one-page review from Keane, and be asked to present their story in a six-minute verbal “pitch” before the entire class. Evenings are spent writing and re-writing developing character profiles, and creating a four-page treatment. By the end of the four-day workshop, each writer will understand what it takes to complete a 90-page script.

 

chris-keaneABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Chris Keane is a writer: novelist, screenwriter and teacher of the writing process. He has written more than a dozen novels and nonfiction books, only three of which have not been turned into films and/or television series. He is the author of the best-selling screenwriting book How to Write A Selling Screenplay and Hot Property: Screenwriting in the New Hollywood.

 

Keane’s first film project as a screenwriter came from his debut novel book, The Hunter, starring Steve McQueen in his final film role. Keane’s sequel, The Huntress, became a television series on USA Network. He wrote the script for Dangerous Company, produced by (Warner Brothers for CBS), The Crossing, based on his novel by the same name and the original screenplay for Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, produced by ABC. He recently completed a new novel, Baby Eye, and has written the screenplay Lost Light about JFK’s greatest love affair with heiress/activist Mary Meyer and how that led to his assassination and to her own by the CIA.

 

Keane has been leading writing workshops, teaching graduate courses, and mentoring new writers for more than twenty years. He has taught and/or lectured at Harvard, the Smithsonian Institution, the Film Workshops in Maine, and is an adjunct professor of writing at Emerson College.

 

You can find out more about Chris Keane at www.keanewords.com

 

REGISTRATION
Please submit a resume (to include name, mailing address, email address, and phone number), a tuition check (payable to SeaArcher LLC), and a one-page story synopsis (see details below) to:

 

David Lyman

73 Mountain Street

Camden, ME 04843

 

Registration Questions David Lyman at DHLyman@mac.com or 207-841-4139

 

Payment via Credit Card If you are interested in paying via credit card, please make note of this when you submit your registration information and you will be sent an e-invoice to be paid via PayPal.

 

ONE-PAGE STORY SYNOPSIS
Participants in the four-day workshop are asked to submit a one-page (8.5 x 11-inch, double-spaced, 12-point type) synopsis of their story. The one-page story synopsis should include:

 

- Location of the story

- Time frame (contemporary, historical period or future)

- An introduction to each of the main characters

- The story’s plot

 

Please submit one story idea as an email attachment to DHLyman@mac.com and bring a printed copy to the workshop.

 

FOLLOW-UP: An OnLine Mentorship in Screenwriting
Following the four-day Turn Your Story Into A Film workshop weekend, a Writers’ Mentorship may be of value to those who wish to continue working on their screenplay, with an on-going mentorship. Keane is available to shepherd writers through the writing process on a weekly or, monthly basis.

 

> More Information on the mentorship

Start: September 25, 2014 10:00 am
End: September 28, 2014 4:00 pm
Phone: 207-841-4139
Address:
ME, United States
Cost: MWPA Member $400 | Nonmember $450 (*includes lunch each day)

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

> 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 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: 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
> PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM

 

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.

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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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
> REGISTRATION FORM

 

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.
> MORE INFORMATION

 

MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
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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.
> REGISTRATION FORM

 

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

 

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

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)
> REGISTRATION FORM

 

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)