Past Events

The Maine Women Writers Collection has sponsored various programs, including lectures, author readings, radio programs, and Summer Writing Conferences. Click here for a complete list of our Guest Speakers.

Passages, produced by the Rocky Coast Radio Theater
In 2003 and 2004, the Maine Women Writers Collection collaborated with Portland’s Rocky Coast Radio Theater to produce a series of 60-minute readings for radio, á la “Selected Shorts,” from items in the MWWC. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network subsequently aired these readings, making accessible to the general public the contributions of women writers to Maine history and culture.

Programs:
A dramatic reading of Ella Clarke’s play, Choosing a Husband (Kennebunk, 1905)
A pair of short stories by Sarah Orne Jewett and Elisabeth Ogilvie
A series of short readings unified by the theme “Nature and the Environment"

University of New England Writers' Conference
June 27-29, 2003

Writing New England: Historical Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Featuring:
Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bunny McBride
Best-selling Author Van Reid

The Writers' Conference featured the unique resources of The University of New England's Maine Women Writers Collection and the unique history and setting of Maine.

University of New England Writers' Conference
June 4-5, 2004

Time, Place and Memory: Memoir and Historical Fiction
Featuring:
Sena Jeter Naslund, best-selling author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits

The Conference drew on the expertise of nationally-known writers of historical fiction and creative nonfiction, the talents of experienced teachers of creative writing, and the insights of historians, librarians, and curators.