Instructor: Ron Currie, Jr.
Date & Time: Tuesdays, September 18 to November 27 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
Registration Deadline: September 7

Anyone can start a novel; that’s when it’s fun, exciting, all possibility and no problems. For about fifty pages the thing practically writes itself—and then something happens. Narrative difficulties emerge and accumulate. Doubt creeps in. You falter, or quit altogether.

This is not merely a common experience among novelists of all levels of experience and accomplishment; it’s a universal one. The writers who succeed and bring their books in for a landing share two things in common: they prioritize their work over everything else, and they utilize common strategies for dealing with the roadblocks all writers encounter, such as protecting one’s writing time, writing what one wants to regardless of how it might be received, overcoming fear of making one’s writing public, etc.

In this course, participants will discuss and practice these strategies, as well as study John Gardner’s seminal text On Becoming a Novelist. In addition, the class will workshop early chapters from participants’ own novels.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript (a novel excerpt) of up to 5,000 words by no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 7. Please note that this will be the first of two manuscripts you will submit for feedback from the class and your instructor. Please email the manuscript as an attachment (Word files are preferred, but PDFs are acceptable) to with the subject line: “CURRIE WORKSHOP MSS”

DATES The workshop will meet every Tuesday between September 18 to November 27, 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 18th of each month (October, November). *PLEASE NOTE If you have selected to pay for this multi-week workshop on the installment option, once registration for the workshop has closed, you are responsible for paying all of the remaining installments. If you should, for any reason, leave the workshop after registration has closed, 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.)

CurrieRon Currie, Jr. was born and raised in Maine, where he still lives. His first book, God is Dead, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library and the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His debut novel, Everything Matters!, has been translated into a dozen languages, and was an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Best selection. Currie’s second novel, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, was hailed as his “most grounded work yet and perhaps his darkest” by the New Yorker. His most recent novel is The One-Eyed Man. Currie’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun, Ninth Letter, Swink, The Southeast Review, Glimmer Train, Willow Springs, The Cincinnati Review, Harpur Palate, and New Sudden Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2007).

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.

If you need to withdraw from a class after registering for any reason, please email or call the MWPA immediately. You may be eligible for a partial refund or credit, depending on how far in advance you cancel.

For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at

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 September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

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