Upcoming Events

September 15, 2015 – November 17, 2015


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

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

September 16, 2015 – November 18, 2015


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

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

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

October 7, 2015


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


Join us for a candid conversation between Richard Russo and Lori Ostlund about her debut novel After the Parade (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






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

October 10, 2015


Instructor: Debbie Hagan
Date: Saturday, October 10
Time: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

Start: October 10, 2015 10:30 am
End: October 10, 2015 1:30 pm

October 15, 2015


comma+with+teethThe Oxford (or serial) comma is that seemingly benign final comma before the last item in a list. Yet this precarious piece of punctuation has become more divisive than the semicolon. Join us for an MWPA Oxford Debate on the Oxford Comma.Arguing in favor of the Oxford Comma is MWPA assistant director Stephen Abbott. Taking a stance against the Oxford Comma is writer and creative specialist, Bangor’s own Tom Avila-Beck. Oh, the comma carnage!


THE MOTION FOR DEBATE “The Oxford comma is necessary and relevant.”
DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 15 | Doors at 6:30 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: COESPACE at 48 Columbia Street in Bangor


Our Debaters

AbbottStephen Abbott is the assistant director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and editor of Find Maine Writers. Stephen has worked as a writer, magazine editor, speaker, and communications professional for more than a decade. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in literature and literary theory and was formerly a copywriter and publicist for Columbia University Press.






As a fiction writer, freelance journalist and day-job writer, Tom Avila-Beck has written about global warming, overfishing, forest destruction, media ethics, Elvis, the radio industry, Johnny Cash, the art of Damien Hirst, the feminism of cookbooks, pregnant men, comic books, encaustic painting, his magazine addiction and his fear of flying. He is a former contributing writer to Bangor Metro, a former theater critic with Washington, DC’s Metro Weekly and a fan of other magazines with “metro” in the title. He lives in Bangor with his husband, their dog, their cat and a respectable but not depressing number of unfulfilled dreams.





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

And a very special thanks to Bangor’s ARTober!


On September 23, the MWPA hosts an Oxford Debate at SPACE Gallery in Portland:


“MFA vs. NYC vs. RCjr” With the 2014 publication of the anthology MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, the literary debate continues about which is better for writers: getting an MFA or moving to NYC. Not being as widely discussed is the third alternative: Ron Currie, Jr.


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 Maine native Ron Currie, Jr.

Start: October 15, 2015 6:30 pm
End: October 15, 2015 8:30 pm

October 17, 2015

GETTING UNSTUCK & GETTING REFRESHED: Writing Memoir with the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

Butler HeadshotInstructor: Maggie Butler
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

Start: October 17, 2015 10:30 am
End: October 17, 2015 4:30 pm

October 25, 2015



DATE Sunday, October 25
TIME  5:00 PM
LOCATION Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Squre, Portland ME


Esther Mathieu currently attends Colby College in Maine where she studies Environmental Planning, Media, and Design. Over the years, she’s published poems in literary journals and anthologies. This summer, New York-based publisher Hunt & Light brought out Mathieu’s debut poetry collection, Constellations.


Join Hunt & Light and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance on October 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Portland to celebrate Mathieu’s debut and a young new poetic voice that captures the gravity of expansive moments and charts a definitive course through infinite arrangements.


Constellations uses subtle beauty to haunt and surprise its readers,” says Iva Ticic, author of Alice in Greenpoint. “It is a collection on the whispers of the sky before rain and of the night before dawn. Esther Mathieu says “I want to have hands/ that smell like bread dough and ink from all the things I’ve made” – and she succeeds. The poems come in whiffs of beauty, eloquence and sanctity of the everyday.”


Mathieu was born in Manhattan and grew up in Queens. Her poetry has appeared in Troubadour, The Cambridge Tradition, and Young Poets Speak Out. This is her first collection. Hunt & Light is a poetry publisher, based in East Hampton and Brooklyn, dedicated to furthering the voices of new American poets.

Start: October 25, 2015 5:00 am
End: October 25, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Longfellow Books
1 Monument Square, Portland

November 7, 2015 – December 5, 2015

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

BushnellInstructor: William Bushnell
Date: Saturday, November 7 & Saturday, December 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125

Start: November 7, 2015 1:00 pm
End: December 5, 2015 4:00 pm