Almond_Winter_2014The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is happy to announce a full slate of sixteen new winter workshops between January and March 2014. Spanning fiction, memoir, poetry, essays, book proposals, and book reviews, the workshops offer a wide range of learning experiences for writers, whether you are just beginning your career or looking to refine your skills. Don’t forget: MWPA members receive significant discounts on all workshop fees!

View all the 2014 Winter Workshop program online

View all the 2014 Winter Workshop online calendar


Two Back-to-Back Workshops with Steve Almond!

HOW TO WRITE RIVETING SCENES
A Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, January 18 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110
Workshop Info

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP
A Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, January 18 | 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $110
Workshop Info

*SAVE 15%: Take both of Steve Almond workshops on Saturday, January 18 and save 15%:
both workshops for members $110 or $187 for nonmembers.


NONCE & HAPPENSTANCE
A Two-Part Poetry Workshop on Creating Original Forms

Instructor: Megan Grumbling
Date & Time: Saturday, January 25 & Saturday, February 8 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Second Floor)
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $150
Workshop Info


THE FICTION MANUSCRIPT: Discussion and Critique
A Three-Part Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Cynthia Thayer
Date & Time: Saturday, February 1, 8, 15|12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bangor Public Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $150 | Nonmember $225
Workshop Info


DESIRE IN MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
A Two-Part Prose Workshop

Instructor: Anna Boll
Date & Time: Saturday, February 1 & Saturday, March 1 | 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Patten Free Library, Bath
Level: This workshop is intended for unpublished writers with a completed middle grade or young adult manuscript. More experienced authors welcomed.
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $100 | Nonmember $175
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BOOK PROPOSAL BOOT CAMP
A Seminar

Instructor: Mark Chimsky
Date & Time: Saturday, February 1 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 20
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $145
Workshop Info


THE MIDDLE GROUND: Creating Fiction From Your Life Stories
A Fiction-Meets-Memoir Workshop

Instructor: Susan Conley
Date & Time: Saturday, February 8 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $135
Workshop Info


WRITING LIKE AN ACTOR
A Prose Workshop

Instructor: Pope Brock
Date & Time: Saturday, February 15 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
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DISCOVERING OUR MOTHER’S STORIES
A Memoir Workshop

Instructor: Patricia Taub
Date & Time: Saturday, February 22 | 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Belfast Free Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
Workshop Info


MEMOIR INTENSIVE: The Full Immersion
An Essay & Memoir Workshop

Instructor: Elizabeth Peavey
Date & Time: Saturday, February 22 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Graves Memorial Library, Kennebunkport
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $85 | Nonmember $135
Workshop Info


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

Instructor: William Bushnell
Date & Time: Saturday, February 22 & Saturday, March 15 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $80 | Nonmember $135
Workshop Info


THE INDELIBLE CHARACTER
A Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Sarah Braunstein
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $135
Workshop Info


FREE RANGE POETRY: The Fine Art of Making a Mess
A Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8 | 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Firehouse Center, Damariscotta
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
Workshop Info


FINDING THE STORY INSIDE THE STORY
A Memoir Workshop

Instructor: Susan Conley
Date: Saturday, March 15 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Belfast Free Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $135
Workshop Info


WRITING ABOUT FAMILY HISTORY
A Memoir and Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Christina Baker Kline
Date & Time: Monday, March 17 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Firehouse Center, Damariscotta
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
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TALKING THE TALK
A Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Lewis Robinson
Date & Time: Saturday, March 22 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland (Fourth Floor)
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125
Workshop Info

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