Upcoming Events

May 5, 2016

MOLLY ANTOPOL “THE UNAMERICANS”

AntopolMolly Antopol’s debut story collection The UnAmericans won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. Antopol’s sure-footed stories brim with historic sweep across far-flung geographies as they take readers from America to Israel to the Soviet Union at various critical moments throughout the last century. Critics have lined up to praise The UnAmericans:

 

“Like individual novels, these stories appeal, satisfy and delight… They’ll make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.” —NPR’s All Things Considered

 

The UnAmericans is sweeping in scope, making use of the short form to unravel lives, large and small, heroic and flawed. If you’re seeking a complete emotional experience in fewer than 20 pages, look no further.” —Harper’s Bazar

 

“Ms. Antopol’s stories can be bleakly funny … The details in these stories are consistently fresh and offbeat without being showy … I loved the way Ms. Antopol clears the atmosphere in her stories, every so often, for moments of shy ecstasy … Ms. Antopol’s soulfulness and wit make even holding actions memorable and promising.” —The New York Times

 

The MWPA is proud to co-host Antopol’s first Maine reading with Longfellow Books.

 

6:30 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Event

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: May 5, 2016 6:30 pm
End: May 5, 2016 6:30 pm
Venue: Longfellow Books
Address:
1 Monument Way, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

May 7, 2016

CAN I DO IT?: A Two-Part Workshop on Writing Away Shyness

Rivas RoseInstructor: Helen Rivas-Rose
Date: Saturdays, May 7 & May 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 8
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: May 7, 2016 10:30 am
End: May 7, 2016 10:30 am

SIMON VAN BOOY, FATHER’S DAY

y648Simon Van Booy is the award-winning author of the short story collections The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award), as well as the novels Everything Beautiful Began After, and the national bestseller The Illusion of Separateness. Van Booy visits Maine to share his latest collection of stories, Tales of Accidental Genius (November 2015), and his new novel, Father’s Day (March 2016).

 

“In Van Booy’s moving, redemptive new novel… the third-person narrative gives both characters their own, distinctive voices that nonetheless change over time. Van Booy creates refreshing, humorous, yet poignant childhood milestones that the two reach with emotional honesty.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“The moving account of a unique relationship between a parent and child, thrust together under the worst of circumstances. With fine, nuanced prose and much tenderness, Booy guides this unlikely father-daughter pair into a beautiful maturity, showing us with great heart what it really means to be a family.” — Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things

 

The MWPA is proud to co-host Van Booy’s Maine reading with Longfellow Books.

 

7:00 PM Event

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: May 7, 2016 7:00 pm
End: May 7, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Longfellow Books
Address:
1 Monument Way, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

May 14, 2016

BUILDING YOUR BYLINE: A Prose Workshop on Writing for Magazines

Instructor: Debbie Hagan
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: May 14, 2016 10:30 am
End: May 14, 2016 10:30 am

May 18, 2016

Gather 9.0

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 at 6 PM

The MWPA’s GATHER encourages members (and their friends!) to meet and mingle with fellow members in one of several locations around Maine for camaraderie and conversation. There is no agenda to GATHER besides getting together with your community of fellow writers to talk writing, reading, and life.

 GATHER events are not (unless specifically stated by the venue host) open mic readings or occasions for attendees to read aloud from works-in-progress.

BANGOR
Host: Annaliese Jakimides (amamama@usa.net)
Location: Blaze (18 Broad St)

 

BAR HARBOR
Host: Jenna Beaulieu (jennajbeaulieu@gmail.com)
Location: McKays Public House (231 Main St)

 

BELFAST
Host: Jacob Fricke (belfastpoetry@gmail.com)
Location: Belfast Co-op (123 High St)

 

BETHEL (New Location!)
Host: Amy Wight Chapman (amy.w.chapman@gmail.com)
Location: Jolly Drayman Pub (150 Mayville Rd)

 

BIDDEFORD
Host: David Arenstam (david.arenstam@thorntonacademy.org)
Location: Elements (265 Main St)

 

BRUNSWICK
Host: Cumberland Street Writers (dhgould@gwi.net)
Location: The Brunswick Inn (165 Park Row)

 

DAMARISCOTTA
Host: Warren Riess (riess@maine.edu)
Location: Damariscotta River Grill (155 Main St)

 

LEWISTON
Host: Claire Guyton (cguyton@bates.edu)
Location: She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s (115 Middle St)

 

MACHIAS
Host: Nancy Tancredi (nrtancredi@gmail.com)
Location: Helen’s Restaurant (111 Maine St)

 

PORTLAND
Host: Lesley Heiser/Frank Smith (lesleyheiser@yahoo.com / frankosmith27@gmail.com)
Location: Flatbread’s (72 Commercial St)

 

ROCKLAND
Host: Carol Bachofner (mainepoet@me.com)
Location: Rock City Cafe (316 Main St)

 

SOUTH PORTLAND
Host: Bruce Coffin (cronusman.zeusboy@roadrunner.com)
Location: Saltwater Grille (231 Front St)

 

YORK
Host: Elizabeth Kirschner (e.kirschner1@gmail.com)
Location: Pad Thai Too (400 Kennedy Memorial Dr)

 


*If you are an MWPA member interested in hosting GATHER in your community in 2016, please email MWPA’s Hannah Perry at perry@mainewriters.org and include a couple suggestions for a venue in your area.

Start: May 18, 2016 6:00 pm
End: May 18, 2016 6:00 pm

May 21, 2016

HOW TO CANNIBALIZE YOUR OWN WORK: A Mixed Genre Workshop

KirschnerInstructor: Elizabeth Kirschner
Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glickman Library, USM Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: May 21, 2016 1:30 pm
End: May 21, 2016 1:30 pm

June 4, 2016

SHOW AND TELL: The Importance of Synthesis in the Short Narrative

Anderson-HEAD-SHOT-150x150Instructor: CB Anderson
Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: June 4, 2016 10:30 am
End: June 4, 2016 10:30 am

THE FICTION MANUSCRIPT: Two-Part Discussion & Critique

ThayerInstructor: Cynthia Thayer
Date:  Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Intermediate/Experienced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $120 | Nonmember $180
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: June 4, 2016 10:30 am
End: June 4, 2016 10:30 am

June 12, 2016

DIALOGUE IS NOT CONVERSATION: Only Lunatics Say What They Really Think

ThayerInstructor: Cynthia Thayer
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Belfast Free Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: June 12, 2016 10:30 am
End: June 12, 2016 10:30 am

June 25, 2016

PAST PERFECT: Finding the Right Mix of Backstory to Enhance Your Narrative

DupreeInstructor: Jennifer Dupree
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110
WORKSHOP INFO

Start: June 25, 2016 10:30 am
End: June 25, 2016 10:30 am