The Kline Scholarships for Maine Writers covers the cost of both a one-year membership to the MWPA (at the Find Maine Writers level) and registration fees for two MWPA writing workshops during the year. The scholarships are awarded on a mixture of need and merit, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The MWPA is proud to offer these scholarships thanks to the generosity of critically acclaimed author Christina Baker Kline, whose bestselling novel Orphan Train became an international sensation in 2013. Kline’s current novel A Piece of the World (February 2017) is set in Cushing, Maine and was inspired by the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his painting, Christina’s World.


  • The scholarships are open to all Maine residents.
  • The scholarships are open to writers in all genre.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • All prospective scholars must submit an application (PDF), a statement of need, and work sample—see details below.
  • Please make sure to follow the submission instructions carefully. Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.


  • Kline Scholars may attend any one-day or two-part workshops hosted by the MWPA during their one-year scholarship; multi-part workshops (such as ten-week masterclass and the spring or fall writing retreats) are not covered by this scholarship; special one-day conferences and events (such as the Maine Crime Wave and PITCH) are not covered by this scholarship
  • Applying for a scholarship does NOT reserve a spot in a particular workshop; if a scholarship applicant wants to ensure a spot in a workshop regardless of whether or not they are awarded a scholarship, they are encouraged to register and pay for the workshop in tandem with their scholarship application; if a scholarship is awarded, the registration fee will be refunded.
  • Previous scholarship winners may apply for a second consecutive one-year scholarship, but after two consecutive years are asked to wait one year before applying again.


  • Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Submission Guidelines

All prospective scholars must submit an application (PDF), a statement of need, and work sample.

All applications must include a cover page with the author’s name, the title of submitted work sample, and a statement of need of 250- to 500-words. The statement of need should address the following questions:

  • Why are you applying for this scholarship?
  • What do you hope to get out of the workshop you are applying for?
  • What are your personal writing goals and aspirations?

Applicants must submit a manuscript of their work, which cannot exceed ten pages of prose or five pages of poetry (one poem per page). Please send two copies the manuscript. Unpublished work is, of course, accepted, as are previously published stories, essays, and poems, including excerpts from larger works. No submissions will be returned. All manuscripts must meet the following requirements:

  • The author’s name must not appear on any of the manuscript pages.
  • The title of the work must appear at bottom of each page.
  • Page numbers must appear at the bottom of each page.
  • 12-point font, double-spaced lines (for prose), and one-inch margins on 8.5 x 11 paper.
  • Handwritten applications will not be accepted.


  • Application (PDF), statement of need, work sample.
  • Email submissions are NOT accepted.
  • Submissions may be mailed to:

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Attn: Kline Scholarship
Glickman Family Library
318 Forest Avenue, Room 318
Portland, ME 04101

Christina Baker Kline 

DianaHiResChristina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Orphan Train, spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at #1, and has been published in 38 countries. Her other novels include The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines.

Kline has written and edited five nonfiction books. She commissioned and edited two widely praised collections or original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is the coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, Psychology Today, among other places.

Kline is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and Drew University, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Read More.

Scholarship Reporting

All scholars are asked to submit a brief report within two weeks after attending a workshop. The report should describe how the scholar benefited from the experience, and particularly how it helped to advance the fellow’s writing, career, or literary aspirations.

*Excerpts from these reports may be used by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance when publicizing the scholarships


Contact MWPA Executive Director Joshua Bodwell at director(at)