Maine Media Workshops + College has announced its Winter/Early Spring 2016 catalog listings for classes and workshops in photography, filmmaking, design and book arts and writing. The options represent a diverse range of two-day workshops and weeklong courses.

Along with popular two-day workshops in Lightroom and Printing, there is a Speed Light Photography class, illustrating how to work with on and off camera flash. Local photographer Jim Nickleson will lead a week- long Winter Night Landscape course in February, as well as a weekend of Fine Art Digital Printing in March.

There will be a two-day haiku workshop in April in the new Book Arts studio. Day one will focus on the art and writing of haiku poetry, taught by local writer and artist Liga Jahnke. Day two will focus on the letterpress process and printing haiku on or in tandem with an image. Richard Reitz, a Maine resident and book artist, will be the instructor for the letterpress portion of this workshop.

In May, also in the Book Arts studio, there will be a two-day workshop devoted to designing and constructing a portfolio case and/or box.  Participants will learn how to craft a beautiful utilitarian object that, when completed, will hold and showcase their artwork.

Donna McNeil returns to Maine Media in April to teach a one-day workshop titled Navigating the Grant World.  This class is open to anyone interested in understanding more about what it takes and where to look for grant funding and how to identify and choose the best source for the project.

MMW+C is excited about several new weeklong courses: Corporate Writing: An Inspired Approach in March; and Strategic Storytelling for Non Profits in April. Effective storytelling can help articulate a mission and motivate interest in both products and services.

Filmmaking courses include two-day workshops focusing on the importance of audio in the interview process. Interviews can add value to any form of media, be it promoting businesses, special causes, news stories or documentaries. Good, clean audio is essential to storytelling; without it, even the most beautiful piece can end up poorly. The ability to record clean audio is a skill that anyone can learn.

The Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program holds weekly classes in the winter, all of which are now open to community members for sign up and participation. Weekly classes include Project II, a weekly assignment and critique class led by Elizabeth Greenberg; Introduction to Alternative Processes with Brenton Hamilton; and 20th Century History of Photography, also with Hamilton.

To check out all the options online, visit For more information and to answer questions about any of the programming offered, contact Lisa Tichy at or  236-8581, ext. 311.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or