FARMINGTON — Longfellow, a University of Maine at Farmington young writers’ workshop for all continuing high school students interested in writing, will hold its ninth annual creative writing conference Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20, on the UMF campus. Three scholarships are available; the deadline for application is May 1.

A  week-long, residential young writers’ summer workshop, Longfellow provides talented high school writers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the writing world. The conference holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction taught by distinguished Bachelor of Fine Arts UMF faculty and published authors, as well as readers and lecturers from the dynamic local writing community.

Students will reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and UMF senior creative writing students. During their time on campus, they will publish a chapbook of personal work, become familiar with the offices of Alice James Books (a nationally acclaimed poetry press), and recreate in the beautiful Maine wild. Cost of the weeklong program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

The program will continue to offer three full tuition, room and board scholarships:

Sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Ilgenfriz Scholarship is for a female student who is entering her sophomore, junior or senior year and lives in Maine’s Knox or Waldo Counties. It honors Maine author Elizabeth Ilgenfriz’s life and writing.

Two Michael Macklin Scholarships for Young Maine Writers, honoring the memory of Maine poet and educator Macklin, will be awarded to male or female writers who are Maine residents.

Additionally, several tuition scholarships are funded by UMF. The easy application form which a student can use to apply for all awards options is available on the UMF website at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/.

To be considered for all scholarships, a five-page creative writing sample and 500-word statement of need must be submitted electronically no later than May 1.

A nationally recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student/faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful.

Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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