The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance offers scholarship for three Maine high school students to attend the annual Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop, held each July at the University of Maine at Farmington. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 15.

The Michael Macklin Scholarship for Young Maine Writers supports two Maine high school students, one boy and one girl, to attend the workshop. The scholarship honors the memory of Michael Macklin, a poet, longtime board member of the MWPA and advocate for young writers who spent summer time on Islesboro.

The Ilgenfritz Scholarship to the Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop supports one female high school student who is entering her sophomore, junior or senior year and lives in Waldo or Knox counties. The scholarship, now in its second year, honors the memory of Elizabeth Ilgenfritz of Monroe, who was a longtime member of the MWPA, an avid reader and dedicated writer.

For details and applications, visit In addition to the three full MWPA scholarships, several partial scholarships sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program are open to any student applicant. To be considered for all scholarships, a five-page creative writing sample and 500-word statement of need must be submitted electronically with application no later than May 15.

Longfellow holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction taught by distinguished UMF faculty, authors and guests including David Bersell, memoirist and UMF grad; Sarah Braunstein, novelist and Maine author; Wesley McNair, former Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence; and William Giraldi, novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI.

Students will 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 UMF senior creative writing students. Cost for weeklong program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees. Students can apply to the Longfellow program online at

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