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
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees:
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.


Apartment in Italy for rent

From Kiki Nwokoye <nkiruka30 at yahoo.com>

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

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

Janet Stebbins, chairwoman of the college’s governing board

PORTLAND — Members of the senior college at the University of Southern Maine are so enthusiastic about the institution that it’s grown into a vibrant, thriving community of engaged learners almost entirely by word of mouth. “They’ll put you in a car, drive you in to get registered and introduce you to everyone. It’s wonderful,” said…

Source: OLLI at 20: Still engaging, inspiring, teaching Portland-area seniors – The Forecaster

Murray Zimiles’ Show

When artist, Murray Zimiles was growing up rough in Brooklyn, the son of impoverished immigrants, the last thing he could have dreamed of was the style, colors, beauty and traditions of fox hunting.
When he and his wife, artist, Martha Zimiles, finished working on their fixer-upper on Charlie Hill Road in Millerton, and finally moved in, they were shaken out of bed on their very first morning by the clatter of hooves and the baying of hounds as the Millbrook Hunt rallied below their window. They were sure they were hallucinating. That was in 1973.
Farm animals and horses have surrounded them ever since, but Murray was focused in his art career on other subjects and on the formal concerns germane to a contemporary artist . His work has been sold and exhibited around the world and is in many collections and museums. Most recently he had one-person shows in Paris and in Chelsea, NY.
Being an artist meant getting to Europe, and other countries, as often as he could and he became acquainted with the pageantry, rivalry and even danger of the famous horse race around the campo in the Tuscan city of Siena., called “The Palio”.
All his artistic life Zimiles has been challenged by the difficulty of showing movement on a two-dimensional canvas. Four-legged creatures lend themselves well to this exploration.
After painting several canvasses showing the whirl and medieval pagentry of the Palio, it dawned on him, one Fall morning as the hunt gathered again by his house, that there was action, grace, movement and tradition enough right here. Thus began his fox hunting series. What he did not want to do was follow the venerable and popular tradition of English hunting prints. Rather he turned his contemporary eye on the landscape, the riders, hills, fences, hounds, barns and wood lots of our own Dutchess County; tossing them into different angles of perspective and using overlapping images to show movement. Just as he had sought to reinvent landscape painting for at least eighteen years before that, he created works unlike anything done on the subject. They are perfectly readable as images of the hunt, but entirely new.
The 15 large paintings will be on exhibit at The Warner Gallery at The Hollbrook Arts Center at The Millbrook School from June15- August 1. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on June 15.

Elcie Expeditions – Offshore and Coastal Sailing

Jessica and Richard Johnson (Ralph and Susan (Chauncey) Horky’s niece and her husband) run “Elcie Expeditions,” wonderful coastal and offshore expeditions around the world, on their 62 ft catamaran (comfortable for 6-8 guests).  Interested individuals can sign up for one or more legs of the trip and participate in the sailing/navigating process.  My words do not do Elcie justice – their website gives a much better picture.

Jess and Rich are highly professional and have done this for many years.  They enjoy MacMahan, and we thought that, similarly,  their expeditions might appeal to people who spend time on MacMahan.   Please contact them directly through their website.

~Susan Chauncey Horkey

Source: Elcie Expeditions | Offshore and Coastal Sailing