The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the faculty for its 2012 Fall Writing Retreat, as well as a new fellowship collaboration with the Maine Community Foundation.

MWPA will host a weekend of workshops, seminars, readings and writing Nov. 2 through 4 at the seaside Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. In addition to the intensive morning workshops in various writing genres, the weekend will include seminars on both the craft and business of writing, as well as faculty and participant readings.

This year’s faculty includes a cadre of best-selling and award-winning authors. The faculty’s workshops include Ideas Are Like Rabbits, fiction with Lily King; The Story of Your Life: How Much Can A Memoir Hold?, memoir with Susan Conley; Testing the Fences, poetry with Gibson Fay-LeBlanc; What Happens Next?: Adding Suspense to Your Fiction, crime fiction with Julia Spence-Fleming; and Ethnographic Reporting and Writing, magazine feature writing with Michael Robert Evans.

In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, MWPA will now co-administer the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. This fellowship provides grants to promising Maine writers who have not published a full-length book to allow them to further their writing skills and experience. The fellowships are open to writers of all genres. The MWPA is offering one Dibner Fellowship to the 2012 Fall Writing Retreat that will cover all retreat costs, including workshops, meals and lodging. For writers not interested in attending the workshops but who would like a weekend away to focus on their writing, mix with fellow writers and the opportunity to attend the retreat’s Saturday Seminars and evening readings, the MWPA offers a “writing studio” option.

For more information on workshop descriptions, instructor biographies and registration fees, visit; call 228-8263; or send email to

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