MWPA-215x215Instructor: Sarah Braunstein
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $75 | Nonmember $125

Stories can be told in many (many) ways; the possibilities and permutations are endless. As author, you’re ruler of the universe, yet this power can be paralyzing. So many choices: First-person? Second? Third? Limited? Omniscient? Objective? We’ll sort it out. We’ll familiarize ourselves with various narrative strategies and try our hand at some of them. The goal: to become more mindful readers, and to gain the confidence to approach our stories in fresh ways, with open eyes. What happens when we look closely at POV, when we really and truly understand all the options at our disposal? A simmering story rises to full boil. The power becomes delicious. 

Attendees are asked to please bring: One to two pages (double-spaced, 12-point type) of your prose. Bring 13 copies.

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, which won the Maine Book Award in fiction in 2012. In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the 2013-2014 Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College, and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Based in Portland, Maine, she is at work on a second novel and a book of essays.

The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop. The scholarship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a scholarship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
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