Instructor: Lewis Robinson
Date & Time: Wednesdays, January 24 – March 28 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12 FULL/WAIT LIST
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
Registration Closes: January 16

In the summer of 1987, Kazuo Ishiguro ruthlessly cleared his schedule for a month to go on what he called a “Crash.” During the Crash, he would do nothing but write from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. He’d break only for lunch and dinner. He didn’t look at any mail. Didn’t go near the phone. Didn’t allow any guests at his house. During this time he attained a mental state in which his fictional world was more real to him than the actual world, and he produced an entire draft of what would become his Booker-Prize winning novel, The Remains of the Day.

For most writers, a “Crash” isn’t feasible. There are too many distractions, too many responsibilities. However, for the duration of the ten weeks of this course, participants will look for opportunities to become deeply immersed in their fictional worlds, so the characters they unearth become real to them. Each workshop will focus, mainly, on the interior life of those characters and the pressures they face from within, as well as their decisions and perceptions as they interact with the outside world. In addition, the class will read and discuss 2017 Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day.

This workshop is open to writers working on short stories and novels—or hoping to work on short stories or novels.

+ Each week’s session will include manuscript workshopping and discussion of fiction-writing craft.

+ Participants of this class should be prepared to write at least 20 new pages of fiction.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript (a short story or novel excerpt) of up to 5,000 words by no later than 9:00 AM on January 16. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “ROBINSON WORKSHOP MSS.” *Word docs (ideally) or PDFs only, please.

DATES The workshop will meet every Wednesday between January 24 and March 28, unless unforeseen scheduling issues should arise.

PAYMENTS MWPA members may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at registration and the first of each month (February, March). *PLEASE NOTE If you have selected to pay for this multi-week workshop on the installment option, once you begin attending the workshop you are responsible for paying all of the remaining installments. If you should, for any reason, leave the workshop once it has begun, you are still responsible for paying all of the remaining installments.

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.)

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, The Baffler, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review, and on NPR’s program Selected Shorts. Robinson has taught at the University of Iowa, USM’s Stonecoast MFA Program, Colby College, and in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.

All MWPA workshops require advanced registration. We accept registration by phone, mail, and online via PayPal. We cannot guarantee registration in the final 24-hours before a workshop, and can rarely accommodate day-of registration.

Call 207-228-8263 and register with your VISA or MasterCard.

If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.



The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on January 12 at 9:00 a.m.

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