ROCKPORT – Maine Media Workshops + College is pleased to announce that they have received a $300,000 Rockefeller Grant to build a world-class writing program at the school. The generous grant, from James S. Rockefeller, Jr. and Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, will fund scholarships and programs, attract high-profile faculty, and help to create spaces on campus for writing classes and writers’ cabins.
Known for their Master of Fine Arts degree in media arts and exceptional workshops in photography, filmmaking and screenwriting , the new Writers Harbor program will complement their current offerings and expand workshop options for students.
“We know that Maine Media attracts students from all over the world, and having a world-class writing program is a natural extension of the photography and filmmaking offerings, as well as the book arts studio,” said Marilyn Moss Rockefeller. “Midcoast Maine is a cultural center for the arts, and we feel it is important to have a school with a strong writing program here to build on this artistic energy and the attraction of the landscape.”
The inaugural Writers Harbor program will feature more than 12 different week-long writing workshops covering memoir, poetry, comedy writing, food writing, travel writing, graphic novels, poetry and more. The workshops will be held on Maine Media’s Rockport campus among writers’ cabins designed to enhance creativity.
Presidential inaugural poet and writer Richard Blanco will lead both a workshop and a six-month long Poetry Intensive, and noted the importance of place in the creative process.
“Maine Media’s programming offers the perfect balance between the solitude necessary to create and communion with a serious artistic community that allows me and my students to grow and flourish personally and professionally,” said Blanco. “That—along with the natural splendor of their campus set in Midcoast Maine—makes for a spectacular and inspiring combination of place and spirit.”
Students will have the opportunity to learn from established writers serving as faculty and writers-in-residence. In addition to Blanco, nonfiction writer Richard Goodman author of The Soul of Creative Writing, and writer Natalie Goldberg (coming in 2019), author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, will guide students through multiple workshops. Screenwriter Wayne Beach, who has written screenplays for major studios and networks, will offer several workshops in the 2018 season.
“We’re excited about what we will do over the next few years as a result of this grant,” said Meg Weston, president of Maine Media Workshops + College. “We’re already known for teaching the art and craft of storytelling in filmmaking and photography, and writing is at the very core of storytelling in all its forms. We’re creating the Writers Harbor with opportunities for writers in a variety of genres to enhance their craft, and to find community and inspiration in one of the most beautiful places in Maine.”
Workshops are listed on line at www.mainemedia.edu/writing.
About Maine Media Workshops + College:
Operating for over 40 years in Rockport, Maine, the school offers workshops, certificate programs, and an MFA degree in the media arts of photography, filmmaking, multimedia, book arts & design, and writing. The low-residency MFA program at Maine Media College was ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 70 fine art graduate schools in the country.
Students come from over 40 countries around to world to learn the art and craft of storytelling, taught by accomplished artists and professionals in their field. Maine Media Workshops + College is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.