Summer Early College Creative Writing Program

Early College Creative Writing Program: The Poetry Workshop
July 20 - Aug 1, 2014

*Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2014.

Experience college life on the Maine coast this summer in UNE's new Early College Creative Writing Program: The Poetry Workshop.

Get advice from some of Maine's best writers. Let the scenic Maine coast inspire your writing. Make friends with teen writers from across the United States. Earn three college credits in two weeks!

  • Do you write poetry in your free time?
  • Are you looking for a challenging program that will give you valuable college experience? 
  • Does spending two weeks living and learning on a college campus sound exciting? 
  • Would you like to earn three college credits before you even enter college?  

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, UNE Early College is the program for you!

"What will I do in the Early College Creative Writing 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. You'll also meet Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and former Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl, who will conduct writing workshops with you. And you'll get advice on writing and publishing your work from Joshua Bodwell of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. (See biographies below.) The program concludes with a public poetry reading featuring the work produced by you and the other students in the Poetry Workshop.

  • You will also meet with a UNE Admissions representative who will give you valuable advice on the college application process and financial aid options. You will live in a dorm, enjoy UNE’s many recreational facilities, and explore the scenic coast of Maine.
  • You will take exciting trips, meet new people, and make lasting friendships.

Betsy Sholl, Former Maine Poet Laureate

In 2006 Betsy Sholl was chosen to be the Poet Laureate of Maine, a five-year position named by the governor. Ms. Sholl has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don't Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America, Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and a range of magazines, including Field, Triquarterly, Brilliant Corners, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review and Beloit Poetry Journal. She has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College. 

Joshua Bodwell, Director
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Joshua Bodwell's fiction and poetry have been published in magazines and quarterlies across the U.S. and in Europe, including: The Threepenny ReviewNorthern New England ReviewThe RamblerPortland MagazineThe Chiron ReviewNerve Cowboy, PearlSipstream, and First Class, and in England with Ambit and Tears In The Fence. He is also a regular contributor to Poets & Writers Magazine. In the fall of 2001, Joshua gave a reading tour in England, where he worked as writer-in-residence at Dulwich College in London and was a featured reader at the Wessex International Poetry Festival in Dorset. He is the founder of Clamp Down Press, a printer and publisher of fine, limited editions of poetry and fiction. In addition to his work as a poet, Joshua was an associate editor of Maine Home + Design magazine and an award-winning journalist with the York County Coast Star, one of Maine's largest weekly newspapers.

David Stankiewicz, UNE Early College Instructor

David Stankiewicz is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine, with a concentration in Poetry. He also received a master's degree in Theological Studies with honors from Andover Newton Theological School. David teaches at Southern Maine Community College, where he regularly participates in National Poetry Month faculty readings. He has also taught at Andover College, and has worked with high school students as a Senior High Youth Director. His poetry has been published in literary journals including Off the CoastThe Aurorean and Idiom.

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: $1,180 (for the two-week program)
Includes instruction and lab, field trips and extra-curricular activities.

Room and Board
Two Weeks/Double room (w/meals): $770

Commuter Lunches
Two Weeks: $175

Total Cost
$1,950 (Two Weeks) 
$1,355 (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, 2014.
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 2014 may apply to the Creative Writing 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, 2014, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
Office of Continuing Education
University of New England
Decary Hall, Room 52
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME  04005
(207) 602-2050