Early College Nature Writing in Maine Program

July 12 - 24, 2015

Earn 3 college credits
Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2015

Do you love to write?  Does Nature inspire you?  We invite you to spend 2 weeks on UNE’s scenic coastal Maine campus, doing what you love most:  Writing about Nature! 

  • Refine your writing skills
  • Meet fellow student writers from around the country
  • Experience life on a college campus

The rugged beauty of Maine in all its diversity—its intricate coastline and islands, clear lakes and rugged mountains, its wildlife and vast North Woods—has inspired writers for centuries.  Some of them—including Henry David Thoreau and Rachel Carson—have profoundly altered the way humans perceive and interact with the natural environment. 

At the intersection of ecology and human culture, environmental and nature writing have given rise to the modern conservation movement and remain vital to an ongoing exploration of the natural world and the place of people within it.  

"What will I do in the Early College Nature Writing Program?"

In this program you will:

  • Spend two weeks with a UNE poet and writing instructor, who will help you refine your style and build a writing portfolio
  • Discover the groundbreaking work of some of the most influential American environmental and nature writers
  • Experiment with journaling, personal essays, and poetry as you explore your own relationship to the natural world 
  • Hone your skills as a critical thinker, observer, reader, and writer in a supportive community of like-minded students
  • Attend workshops with noted guest writers who will address issues of creativity and craft
  • Exchange ideas and create friendships with students from around the country who share your love of writing and the world of nature

Exciting Early College Field Trips & Events:

  • Join a whale watching boat out of Kennebunkport
  • Visit local beaches and landmarks
  • Go to a Portland Seadogs baseball game
  • Browse the Portland Waterfront and historic Old Port

Dorms and UNE Life

The dorms are close to your classes and to the dining hall. Your two weeks on campus will be a good opportunity for you to experience dorm life and living with a roommate. Rooms include two desks and two beds with linens. A dorm counselor/teaching assistant will be in residence with you. Much of your weekday evenings will be spent with homework and on projects, but there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize and explore the area. You will have access to UNE's sports and recreational facilities, including our six-lane pool, weight room, basketball and volleyball courts, and sandy beach! Other leisure activities include movies, campfires and cookouts.

Tuition and Related Fees

Tuition: $1,330  (for the two-week program)
Includes instruction and lab, field trips and extra-curricular activities

Room and Board
Two Weeks/Double room (w/meals): $788

Commuter Lunches
Two Weeks: $180

Total Cost
Resident: $2,118  (Two Weeks) 
Commuter: $1,510  (Two Weeks)

If you are accepted into the program, a deposit of $100 is required by May 15 to reserve your place in the class. The balance is due June 1, 2015.

Merit Scholarships

A limited number of highly competitive merit scholarships are available for qualifying students. You should note on your application that you wish to be considered for a merit scholarship, and you may add a short statement explaining your need for support, but awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and achievement.

How Do I Apply to the Program?

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2015 may apply to the Nature Writing in Maine Program, as well as those entering their freshman year of college in the fall. Fill out the UNE Early College application, and mail it by May 1, 2015, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
University of New England
Decary Hall, Room 402
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME  04005
(207) 602-2050