How to Write Stories That Will Embarrass Your Children (And Why You Should)

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 5:05 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME

For more information: Carrie Callahan; 207-733-2233;

How to Write Stories That Will Embarrass Your Children (And Why You Should)

Saturday, October 20, 1-5pm


Come prepared to divulge the dark, rueful, harrowing, shameful, and embarrassing secrets we’ve all got—your excuse, when asked, will be that you did so in the service of art (or some such). Seriously though, the famous admonition—to not wait until your parents are dead to write something worth reading—will be our focus in this workshop. We’ll examine the intersection of fact and fiction as it pertains to such confessions, ruminate on the writer’s often-contradictory obligations to the work and the people she loves, and pick apart relevant texts to see what wisdom and reassurance they have to impart. In the end, rest assured that no matter what happens, you can always hide behind the novelist’s time-honored scrim: “Hey, take it easy, it’s just a story I made up.”


Ron Currie, Jr. was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, where he still lives. His first book,God is Dead, won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Libraryand the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His debut novel, Everything Matters!, has been translated into a dozen languages, and was an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Best selection.

Currie’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun, Ninth Letter, Swink, The Southeast Review, Glimmer Train, Willow Springs, The Cincinnati Review, Harpur Palate, and New Sudden Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2007).


The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to How to Write Stories That Will Embarrass Your Family (And Why You Should). The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on theMWPA website:

Date & Time: Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec

Fee: $55 MWPA Members |$100 Non-Members

Maximum Attendees: 15

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Glickman Family Library

314 Forest Avenue, Room 318

Portland, ME 04102


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