FARMINGTON — Longfellow Mountains, a University of Maine at Farmington workshop for young writers, will return for its fourth year Sunday, July 14, through Saturday, July 20, on the UMF campus. The only week-long young writers summer workshop in New England, Longfellow Mountains provides talented high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The conference holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction taught by distinguished BFA faculty.

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

Wesley McNair, Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence; William Giraldi, novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI; and Sarah Braunstein, novelist and author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children.”

Students will, as in the past, work with Alice James Books to publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the week-long program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

Applications can be made through the UMF website at creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow. A limited number of 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 15.


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