New summer writing program at UMF for high school students

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FARMINGTON — Longfellow Mountains, a University of Maine at Farmington creative writing workshop for high school juniors and seniors, will premiere on the UMF campus this summer, July 18-24.

The only weeklong young writers’ summer workshop in New England, Longfellow Mountains will provide talented high school writers with the opportunity to work with University of Maine at Farmington faculty and published authors.

Developed by the university’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, the Longfellow Mountains experience will consist of small intensive workshops where students will write poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in a collegial, supportive environment.

Students will hear firsthand from professional authors and poets, see the inside workings of a successful small poetry press, share their work with fellow writers and have time to relax and experience the best of Maine’s outdoor recreational opportunities.

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Joining UMF’s creative writing faculty will be guest readers and lecturers from the local writing community, including:

• Wesley McNair, award-winning poet and UMF Writer in Residence.

• Bill Roorbach, celebrated writer of short stories, memoirs, essays, reviews and book-length fiction, and recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award for best short story.

• Matt O’Donnell, noted poet and executive director of “From the Fishouse,” an online audio archive of emerging poets.

• Sarah Thomson, author of 20 books for young readers, including the 2005 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award winner.

“What could be better for young authors of poetry, fiction and nonfiction than to learn about their craft from professionals, in the company of others with the same passion for writing?” McNair said.

Student participants in the program will reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the weeklong program is $700, which includes tuition, room and board and fees.

Applications for Longfellow Mountains may be found on the UMF Web site at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/.

They must be postmarked by May 1. A limited number of full and partial merit-based scholarships to the workshop are available. To be considered for a scholarship, a five-page writing sample must be submitted with a completed program application and be postmarked no later than April 1.

All applications should be mailed to: Jeffrey Thomson, director; Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop; 115 South St., UMF; Farmington, ME 04938.

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