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Create your AWP Portfolio Page

I’m putting together portfolios to feature our alumni and faculty at AWP and other public gatherings in which we can showcase our collective work. If you’d like to be included in the portfolio, it’s really easy. Each person gets ONE page in the portfolio, which will comprise a series of 3-ring binders arranged by Stonecoast concentration.

I’ve included two different ONE-PAGE samples based on my own work that you can use as an example when putting together your portfolio page. Feel free to take a look at them and copy the style or come up with something of your own that you feel adequately represents your work. I think something along these lines is good since it gives you an opportunity to display book covers as well as text. However, the choice is yours. Use your one-page of space wisely. The only part of the portfolio that needs to be identical for everyone is the header since that is what I will use to organize the pages within each binder.

If you want to be included in the AWP portfolio, please be sure to send your ONE portfolio page to me as a WORD document no later than January 31, 2013. Please do not send late submissions. Note, whatever you send will include in the portfolio. So please make sure that your page is perfect before submitting it to me. Thank you for your understanding.

When submitting your page, please email it to Erin Underwood and include “Portfolio Page” in the subject line so that I can easily search my email to ensure that I don’t miss anything. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Cheers, Erin

Examples:

Portfolio Pages Received:

  • Armistead, Cal
  • Bouthillette, Emma
  • Bovenmyer, Karen
  • Martin, Amy
  • Rhodes, Steve
  • Roessner, Michaela
  • Schmitt, Catherine
  • Underwood, Erin

 

 

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Announcing Stonecoast Writing for Social Change

One of the exciting things to come out of the recent Stonecoast alumni reunion was a new project called Stonecoast Writing for Social Change. Three of us – Jeff Kass, Amy Alvarez and Elli Meeropol – met to begin the work. Like many of you, we are compelled by injustices of our world to use writing as a tool for social justice, and that’s what this project is about.

The goal of the Writing for Social Change Project is to create opportunities for the Stonecoast community to use our passion for and skills in writing and reading to create social change locally and globally by:

  • Collecting the stories of Stonecoast alumni, faculty and students involved in projects that use writing to empower targeted or vulnerable members of our communities, or to promote social change in other ways. Sharing these stories with the Stonecoast community along with resources, and encouraging other alumni, faculty and students to become involved with writing-related social change activism,
  • Deepening the commitment to writing for social change (race, class, gender, environment) in the MFA curriculum by offering ongoing residency seminars, workshops, and readings, facilitating third semester projects and internships for social change, and preparing writers for careers with underserved communities.

If you’d like to join our working group on the project, please email Elli at ellenmeeropol@verizon.net before August 5, 2012.

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July 2012 Reunion Schedule

STONECOAST ALUMNI REUNION 2012
July 12-15 | Brunswick, ME

The Stonecoast Alumni Association presents the 2012 Alumni Reunion held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The reunion includes panel discussions, workshops, readings, and an opportunity to network with the talented writers of the Stonecoast MFA program. Written below is the schedule for the alumni reunion. You can also SCAA Reunion Brochure.

THURSDAY

2-3:30 pm | Workshops* | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 127

3:30-5 pm | Reunion Registration, Welcome & Introduction | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

5-6 pm | How to Self-Promote and Still Have Time to Write | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

7-7:30 pm | Stonecoast Alumni Flash Reading with Erin Underwood, Lexa Hillyer, Morgan Callan Rogers, Christin Geall | The Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St, Brunswick, ME

7:30-8 pm | Stonecoast Guest Faculty Reading: Jeff VanderMeer | The Inn at Brunswick Station

8-10 pm | Stonecoast Alumni Mixer | The Inn at Brunswick Station

FRIDAY

9:00-10:45 am | Workshops* | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 127

11 am-12 pm | Broaden Your Horizons: Panel Proposals, Community Readings and Collaborative Projects | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

1-2 pm | To Self-Publish, or Not to Self-Publish: That is the Question | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

2:15-3:15 pm | The Writer Beyond the Writing | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

3:30-4:30 pm | Now and Then and Then, Again: Time in Creative Nonfiction | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

4:30-5:30 pm | Alumni Discussion Open Forum | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

7-8:30 pm | Featured Stonecoast MFA Reader: Nahid Rachlin | The Inn at Brunswick Station

SATURDAY

9-11 am | Workshops* | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 127

11 am-12 pm | Testing the Character of our Characters | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

1-2 pm | Life After and Life with an MFA: Careers and Jobs | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

2:15-3:15 | First Book Stories: From the Muse to the Marketplace | Bowdoin Searles Bldg, Rm 126

4:45-6:15 pm | Stonecoast Reception for Alumni & 2012 Graduates | Stone House

7-8 pm | Stonecoast MFA Graduation Ceremony | Freeport High School Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport, ME

8:00-11:00 | Graduation Reception & Dance | The Inn at Brunswick Station

SUNDAY

10:30 am-12 pm | Alumni and Graduating Student Meeting | Stone House, Casco Room Porch

7-9 pm | Community Dinner** | Estes Lobster House, 1906 Harpswell Neck Road, South Harpswell, ME 04079.

*Workshops require pre-registration and additional payment to the SCAA.
**The Community Dinner requires onsite registration and additional payment to Stonecoast.

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PANEL DESCRIPTIONS

How to Self-Promote and Still Have Time to Write
Publishers and agents expect you to promote yourself. Being your own marketing director is a full-time job itself, but you can efficiently pare down the duties so you still have time to write. This panel will discuss options for self promotion, how to prioritize which options are best for you, and how create a ten-minute daily promotion plan.
Amy Martin CNF W’12 (m), Erin Underwood PF S’09

To Self-Publish, or Not to Self-Publish: That is the Question
In this digital age of publishing what route is the right one to take? What opportunities might we gain by skipping the traditional publishing track by going direct to self-publishing? What benefits might we lose? This panel will discuss self-publishing from a pragmatic standpoint and will invite the audience to share their own experiences.
Erin Underwood PF S’09 (m), Amy Martin CNF W’12, Kevin St. Jarre

Broaden Your Horizons: Panel Proposals, Community Readings and Collaborative Projects
Attending conventions and conferences for writers is a terrific way to network and connect with people in every layer of the publishing industry. However, there is a point when it’s time for you to participate on one of the featured panels. How do you turn a good discussion topic into a great panel submission? This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of preparing panel submissions and give you tips on volunteering to participate on conference panels where full panel proposals aren’t needed.
Mihku Paul-Anderson F S’10

Now and Then and Then, Again: Time in Creative Nonfiction
A craft-oriented session that looks at approaches to time in the memoir and creative nonfiction. Retrospection, chronology, personae, tense, flashbacks, and narrative distance will be explored using specific examples and exercises.
Christin Geall CNF S’07

First Book Stories: From the Muse to the Marketplace
We’ve all heard the horror stories about getting a first book published. Yes, it can be discouraging and daunting, but it’s not impossible. Four Stonecoast alums (a poet, an essayist, a crime fiction writer, and a literary novelist) share the realities and the surprises – good and bad – in their post-MFA experiences working with agents and finding a publisher for their work.
Ellen Meeropol F W’06 (m), Marcia Brown, Tom MacDonald F W’09, Penelope Schwartz Robinson

Testing the Character of our Characters
As students of writing, we often hear the admonition that our characters should surprise us, that if they don’t surprise us, they won’t surprise our readers either. But how do we create the conditions that allow our characters to surprise us? This seminar will postulate that one effective way to develop characters that surprise the writer is to insert them into morally ambiguous situations without the writer knowing what the outcome will be when the characters face them. We’ll examine poems and prose excerpts and participate in a writing exercise where we’ll encourage our characters to test themselves in order to illuminate who they really are and who they have the potential of becoming.
Jeff Kass F S’09

The Writer Beyond the Writing: What to do and How to be When You Aren’t at the Keyboard
You’ve spent untold months working on your manuscript, and years polishing your prose style. You’ve been mentored by the best. You’ve got a shelf full of books on craft, and a nicely framed MFA. The writing is where it needs to be…but what about you? Is there something holding your career back, something that goes beyond what’s on the page? Join our panel as we share tips to keep your MS out of the slush pile and strategies that will take you to the top of your game.
Libby Cudmore PF S’10 (m), Matthew Quinn Martin PF S’10, Lexa Hillyer P S’10

Life After and Life with an MFA: Careers and Jobs
The Stonecoast MFA has long advised students to regard the MFA as an opportunity to develop one’s talents and not as a vocational degree–like the PhD or MBA. Yet many students still expect to gain access to careers and positions not open to them prior to completing their degree. Are these expectations realistic? How can you make the best use of your new degree? What are SC graduates doing to support themselves?
Bruce Pratt F S’04 (m), Hank Garfield, Bunny Goodjohn, P W’07

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Nominate & Vote: SCAA Elections

Elections for the Stonecoast Alumni Association Board are only a few months away. If you’d like to be a part of this energetic creative group of alumni, please consider running for one of the open positions listed below.

Open SCAA Board Positions:

  • President (8/1/2012-7/31/2013) — filling the remaining year for this term
  • Vice President (8/1/2012-7/31/2014)
  • Secretary (8/1/2012-7/31/2014)
  • Director (8/2012-7/31/2014)
  • Director (8/1/2012-7/31/2014)

Draft Election Schedule:

  • May 1  –  Official Elections Announcement Emailed to Listserve
  • May 15  –  Nominations Open
  • June 1  –  Nominations End
  • June 5  –  Nomination Statements are Due From Candidates
  • June 10  –  Email Candidate Statements to Listserve
  • June 19  –  Email Ballot to Listserve
  • June 20   – Voting Begins
  • June 30  –  Voting Ends
  • July 1  –  Results are Announced
  • July 15  –  New Board Terms Begin/Outgoing Terms End

More information about the elections will be coming soon to the Stonecoast Community Blog and to the Alumni Listserve. You can also check the FAQ page for additional details.

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Accepting Alumni Flash Reading Submissions

As part of the 2012 Stonecoast Alumni Reunion, the alumni have been invited to showcase four recently published alumni at a Stonecoast Residency flash reading with guest faculty member Jeff VanderMeer.  The reading is Thursday, July 12, 2012.*

The readings must have been published in 2011 or 2012 and must be limited to 5-7 minutes.  If you are planning to read from a longer piece, please highlight the text that you plan to read. The Alumni Flash Reading committee will be reading submissions until May 1st.

~ 5 Minute Flash ~

Please indicate the following on the top of your submission:

  • Name
  • Residency/Year of graduation
  • Genre
  • Title(s)
  • Year/Month/Place of Publication (no self-publication/vanity presses/personal blogs, please)

Please attach as a .doc or .rtf and indicate SUBMISSION/NAME/TITLE in the subject line. Send all submissions to alumni.flash@gmail.com before May 1st, 2012.

We’re looking forward to reading work from all of our distinguished alumni!

All the best,
The Stonecoast Alumni Reading Committee

*Please note that the July Stonecoast Residency Schedule is still being constructed and is therefore subject to change. If the timing or the date changes, we will notify you immediately.

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Alumni News: Alison McMahan

It’s always fun to share good news!

Alumna Alison McMahan PF W’10 has signed with a literary manager. She is now represented by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films. Alison says, “Melocchi and I have signed a one year contract, and she is working hard at getting my three most marketable scripts, ImprintedDestroying Angel, and Girl in Trunk, into the right hands.” Please join us in congratulating Alison on this fantastic achievement. Kudos, Alison!

Read her full agent announcement.

In addition, Alison’s production company Homunculus Productions LLC has optioned the poem “The Wander King” from our very own faculty member Ted Deppe. She plans to adapt the poem into a supernatural thriller screenplay that will be retitled Risk Everything. We are very excited about this turn of events and wish Alison the best of luck with this project.

You can watch Ted Deppe reading “The Wanderer King”:

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RISK EVERYTHING

 on a word
Risk Everything graphic by Katerina Athanasapoulou

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PITCH:
What if Franz Kafka didn’t die, but poured his life into a doll?

LOGLINE:
Berlin, 1989. A failed writer is possessed by a doll that houses the soul of Franz Kafka; it is up to his wife to free him.

Inspired by the true story of the letters Kafka wrote from a doll to a little girl. Based on the poem The Wanderer King by Theodore Deppe. You can read the full synopsis on the Homunculus Productions blog as well as the announcement about the adaptation.

Again, congratulations to Alison and Ted. We’re thrilled to hear about Alison’s literary manager and about her up coming project Risk Everything.

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Managing your Subscription to the Stonecoast Alumni Listserve

We’ve had several questions from alumni who asked how to join the list or why they weren’t receiving emails any longer. So, we thought this was a good time to post an update. The text below is from USM and details how to add, modify or cancel your subscription. Please follow these steps to manage your account.Join the List

If you were receiving email at one time, but you’re no longer receiving it, we believe your current email address is not the email address that is registered for the Alumni Listserve. If you signed up using your student email address, you will need to update your email. Student email addresses expire a short time after graduation, which means the listserve is forwarding your email to an inactive account.

If you have any questions, please feel free to either post your questions below, email Erin Underwood, or email the USM listowner who’s address is listed at the bottom of this post.

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The SC-ALUMNI-LIST mailing list is now running at lists.usm.maine.edu. This server runs L-Soft’s Listserv(R) software, which may be familiar to you from other mailing list subscriptions that you have.

A Note About Confirmations
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With most actions (subscribing, unsubscribing, etc), Listserv will send you an email asking you to click on a link. This is to prevent unauthorized use of your email address. The link is called a confirmation “ticket” or “cookie.” No action will be taken until you click on the link to confirm.

Subscribing to the List
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Subscription requests must by approved by the list owner. You may request to subscribe by using one of the following two methods:

Subscribing Via the Web
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To subscribe to or leave SC-ALUMNI-LIST, click here: http://lists.usm.maine.edu/subscribe/SC-ALUMNI-LIST Fill in your email address and your name, and click “Join SC-ALUMNI-LIST” or “Leave SC-ALUMNI-LIST.” Further instructions will be sent to you by email.

To manage your settings (stop or start receiving postings, switch to Digest delivery, etc), click here: http://lists.usm.maine.edu The first time you visit this site, you should “Get a Listserv Password for this server.” After you have a Listserv password, visit “Subscriber’s Corner.”

Subscribing Via Email
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You can manage your subscriptions by sending email to listserv@lists.usm.maine.edu. In the BODY of the message, type any of the following commands:

To subscribe to the list:
SUB SC-ALUMNI-LIST Your Full Name
(for example, SUB SC-ALUMNI-LIST Fred Rogers)

To unsubscribe:
UNSUB SC-ALUMNI-LIST

To stop receiving mail for an indefinite period:
SET SC-ALUMNI-LIST NOMAIL

To begin receiving mail again:
SET SC-ALUMNI-LIST MAIL

To receive all of the day’s posts in one “digest” rather than receiving each one individually:
SET SC-ALUMNI-LIST DIGEST

Posting
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To post a message to the list for all subscribers to read, address your message to SC-ALUMNI-LIST@usm.maine.edu. You may also use the longer format SC-ALUMNI-LIST@lists.usm.maine.edu.

Contacting the List Owners
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The owners of this list can be reached by sending email to SC-ALUMNI-LIST-request@usm.maine.edu. Remember that the list owner is a real person, and therefore may be a bit slower to respond than a computer!

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