POLISHING & SUBMITTING SHORT STORIES A Fiction Workshop with Jason Brown

Instructor: Jason Brown
Date & Time: 
Saturday, February 1 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 AM
Location: 
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: 
Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees:
 12
Fee: 
Member: $70 | Nonmember: $125
Registration Closes: January 23


How does a writer know when their story is finished? There is no single easy answer to this question, but there are productive ways of approaching it.

In this workshop, attendees will learn techniques for the final polishing of short fiction, and will participate in flash workshops of the first 3 pages of each attendee’s story. The class will also discuss the process of submitting individual stories to magazines and journals and submitting collections of stories to independent presses.

Attendees will receive a packet of readings in advance of the workshop, and will receive written feedback from the instructor on their story.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a full story of up to 6500-words by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23. Please take the deadline and word limit seriously as MWPA likely cannot accept late submissions and excess words will be cut. Please note that the first 3 pages of the story will be distributed in advance via email to the other workshop participants. Please email the manuscript to perry@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “BROWN WORKSHOP MSS.” Please use standard formatting (1” margins, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman) and submit Word docs or PDFs only.


Jason Brown is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He earned his MFA from Cornell University, and he was a Stegner Fellow and Truman Capote Fellow at Stanford University, where he taught as a Jones Lecturer. He has received fellowships from the Yaddo and Macdowell colonies and from the Saltonsall Foundation. He taught for many years in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He has published two books of short stories, Driving the Heart and Other Stories (Norton/Random House) and Why the Devil Chose New England For His Work (Grove Atlantic). His stories have won several awards and appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Missouri Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review and other magazines and anthologies. Several of his stories have been performed as part of NPR’s Selected Shorts, and his collection Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work was chosen as a summer reading pick by National Public Radio. His third collection of stories, A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed, is out in December of 2019.

http://mainewriters.org/polishing-submitting-short-stories-a-fiction-workshop/

Apartment in Italy for rent

From Kiki Nwokoye <nkiruka30 at yahoo.com>

APARTMENT VISTA AZURRA
It is a 2 br / 1 bath, located in the town of Sala Comacina on the western shore of Lake Como in northern Italy (Lombardia), an hour’s drive from the Milan Malpensa airport.
 
If anyone is ever interested to rent it, please contact Kiki (nkiruka30 at yahoo.com) first as we will provide a 10% discount to MacMahaners during the season, and 50% in off-season (Nov 1-February 28).  Please check availability on the website first.

Source: Property

Weekend Events

An ice cream social will be held this Friday in front of the Playhouse from 3:45 – 5:00. 
Bring your own bowl and toppings to share.

We are looking for volunteers to help clean up after the chowder picnic. There is always a large crew of early morning helpers but we’d like to have a few more people help at the end.  Clean up is right after the picnic (putting away food, tables, etc), around 1 pm.

If you are planning to come to your usual 9 am shift (choppers and peelers) or 10 am shift (stirrers and set-up) or would like to join one of the three shifts (9am, 10 am, 1 pm), we look forward to seeing you!

See you at the picnic on the 17th,
Becky, Heather, Cathy, Holly & Henny

We will have Evensong this Sunday, August 18th, at 5:30pm at The Chapel.  There will be no 9:30am service.

Ann Taft, Chapel Committee co-chair

A Very Special Saturday Evening Cocktail Party 8/10 at 5PM

Pam and Pete Zavitz Have Sold “Aftermath”!
 
Let’s Send Them Off With Warm Good Wishes 
 
at a 
 
Very Special Saturday Evening Cocktail Party
 
August 10th  5 to 7 pm
 
MacMahan Playhouse
 
BYOB and Heavy Hors d’oeuvre to Share
 
Bring a memory, poem, limerick, or photos to share if you wish.
If you are off island and need a boat ride, please let Gerry Welch know and we will arrange transport from the Landing.
 
Adults only, please. 

Current Issue of WoodenBoat Magazine – Ellery Brown

Ellery Brown,  former SICO summer worker,  and the Hylan & Brown boat shop in Brooklin, Me. are featured in a cover story in the July/August edition of WoodenBoat magazine.

The article is an extensive review of the career of boatbuilder Doug Hylan, with many illustrations demonstrating his signature adaptations of classic working boats to pleasure boating. The cover is a photograph of Gatsby, a 26-foot power cruiser based on a concept by Ellery and construction drawings by his partner and mentor.

Check out Ellery & co. at http://www.dhylanboats.com/

WoodenBoat magazine Source: Current Issue of WoodenBoat Magazine | WoodenBoat Magazine

Time for Coastal Cleanup

All the information and data sheets you need are on the bulletin board at the Lodge.  Take a walk or paddle along the shoreline and pick up trash, bottles, and stuff and bag it.  Record what you find on a data sheet as you go.  Leave the bag and the data sheet behind the Playhouse in the designated spot.  The bags will be taken to the Transfer Station on Saturday morning September 23rd.  The past 3 years MacMahan has had the largest haul of all those left at the Georgetown Transfer Station.

Thank you for helping keep the oceans and shoreline clean.
Rachel
arkbee13 at gmail.com

Winners of the ‘Round the Island Races 8-18-18

Winners of ‘Round the Island Races 8-18-18

Walking – Ages 0-10  Ethan Lankin  54 minutes
Ages 11-50  Susan Wise  36 minutes
Ages 50+  John Swart  36 minutes

Rowing/Paddling – Lely Yanega and Emma Brown tie at 1 hour 9 minutes

Sailing – 1st – Nick Stone in Gemini
2nd – Steve Baumgartner in Celerity
3rd – Jim Hamilton in Kalani
4th – Ross Reynolds in First Star

Chowder Picnic

We are looking for volunteers to help clean up after the chowder picnic. There is always a large crew of early morning helpers but we’d like to have a few more people help at the end.  Clean up is right after the picnic (putting away food, tables, etc), around 1 pm.


If you are planning to come to your usual 9 am shift (choppers and peelers) or 10 am shift (stirrers and set-up) or would like to join one of the three shifts (9am, 10 am, 1 pm), we look forward to seeing you!

See you at the picnic on the 18th,
Becky, Heather, Cathy, Holly & Henny
malone44 at comcast.net

Adopt a 24’ Sailboat

For the last few years I haven’t had the time to sail Manana, my 24 foot Columbia.  It would be wonderful if someone on the island might take possession—with one string attached: that being I might sail her once-in-awhile.  The mainsail and furling genoa are in excellent shape. She has a bit more sail than a Sprite and the deck is a few inches higher off the water.  The 8 horse Evenrude has low hours.  She could use a paint job, but otherwise she’s old (196?) but sturdy and a perfect day-sailor.

I’m on and off the island through September.  Contact me by calling 207 841 9418 or email rdvseymour at gmail.com.

Dick Seymour