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Stonecoast Writers’ Conference

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Sunday, July 19, 2015 - Saturday, July 25, 2015


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The Stonecoast Writers' Conference will be held at the Abromson Center on the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus. Our vibrant Portland campus is right at the heart of this energetic, diverse city, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor lifestyle–and amazing food!

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A Word About Portland:

A Creative Community on Maine's Scenic Coast

Here the absolute meets the plastic, the known meets the unknown. Water and land are locked in a marriage of inconvenience. The jagged rocks are worn smooth; the sinuous waves are shattered.

Authentic- by nature with its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, our region is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably. And underlying the latest tech, fashion and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity. We invite you to experience the character of a region that blends the present with a very special past.

Admission Fees

Academic Credit Workshop $1122
Non-Credit Workshop $899

The cost of the traditional workshops covers participation in morning traditional workshops, mid-day programming activities, evening readings and fees, course handouts, daily lunch, coffee all day every day, special events, commencement and closing ceremonies.


Each summer, a community of peers gathers on the coast of Maine to challenge themselves, to improve their writing and to forge new friendships. If you’re reading this, chances are you’d fit right in.

At the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference you work closely with a dedicated and award-winning faculty. Daily talks and evening readings will expand and challenge your understanding of literature. We offer workshops in poetry, short fiction, novel and nonfiction/memoir. And, for the second summer in a row, we will be offering a mixed-genre Creative Writing Bootcamp for those of you who don’t want your writing to be limited to a form.

Whether you have only recently started to commit your ideas to paper, or if you are polishing a manuscript before submitting it, the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference has something to offer you.

We offer two workshop models:

Student accepted into the Traditional Morning Workshops (Poetry, Novel, Memoir and Creative Writing Bootcamp) will start each day with a three-hour workshop with their instructor. Following lunch, an eclectic slate of writers, booksellers and agents present on topics such as close editing, voice in fiction, the indelible image, and writing humor.

Students who prefer to work more independently are encouraged to apply to our Intensive Afternoon Workshop in Short Fiction. Students accepted into these classes eat lunch before meeting for a two-hour class session. Students are encouraged to stay for the afternoon readings. Mornings are left free so that students can focus on their own writing projects.

If you’re not sure which workshop is right for you, contact Justin Tussing, Faculty Director of the Stonecoast Writers Conference, at 207-228-8393.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application process or program content:
Justin Tussing, Director
Stonecoast Writers’ Conference
c/o Department of English
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Telephone: 207.228.8393


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