Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity…
Rainer Maria Rilke

If your answer to the question “Must I write?” is a resounding YES, then come to the Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop at the University of Maine Farmington, which will be held July 17-23, 2016.


The program, for continuing high school students (those entering their sophomore, junior or senior year), gives you a full week to immerse yourself in the writing world. You’ll work with published writers and students as serious about writing as you are.

Mornings will be spent meeting in small intensive workshops of no more than fifteen students, where you will engage in the art of poetry, fiction, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Afternoons will be spent hearing craft talks from successful writers, visiting a poetry press, attending presentations, or relaxing with hiking, swimming or yoga. In the evening sit back and listen to writers read from their work. The week will end with students reading their own work at the final banquet.

Workshops are serious, yet supportive, and fun. The focus will be on new approaches to writing, ways of seeing your own writing and the writing of others in different ways, while continuing to maintain faith in your ability to write, and never losing sight of the joy and playfulness inherent in the act of writing. There are no wrong answers, but the faculty and other students can help you find ways to get across what you mean with more beauty, with greater force.

Writers will stay on UMF’s campus in shared rooms (you can pick your roomate if you want to). You’ll live on a floor with other people your age with the same interest in creative writing that you have. Senior-level college students, majoring in creative writing at UMF, will live with you in the dorms. They will be friendly and accessible, available to help you find your way around campus, or to give you advice on a piece of writing. Two Michael Macklin Scholarship for Young Maine Writers, sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance will be awarded to Maine Residents, as well as several partial scholarships open to all sponsored by the University of Maine, Farmington and the BFA program in Creative Writing.

There will also be opportunities for hikes in the mountains, yoga classes, swimming, and more. Plus you’ll have all the beauty of a summer week in Maine.

For more information, please contact:
Shana Youngdahl or

Nathaniel Minton