• Maine Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Maine, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Maine, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

    Founded in 1975, this nonprofit membership organization works to enrich the literary life and culture of Maine. They are the only statewide organization solely devoted to supporting and promoting Maine’s writers, publishers, booksellers and literary professionals.

    Stonecoast Writers’ Conference

    Students work closely with distinguished faculty composed of award-winning writers. Choose from workshops in four genres: poetry, short fiction, novel and nonfiction/memoir.

    Central Maine Writers Group

    A group of mostly Maine writers who meet monthly to share, learn from each other, grow and be encouraged.

    Off the Coast

    Off the Coast seeks to become recognized around the world as Maine’s international poetry journal, a publication that prizes quality, diversity and honesty in its publications and in its dealings with poets.

    The New Guard

    An annual independent literary review proudly founded in Knightville, Maine. Showcases newcomers alongside established writers, and juxtaposes tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue.

    The Telling Room

    A nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, they seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for their students. The Telling Room believes that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

    Writers Conference at Ocean Park

    Annual 5-day conference with workshops, readings, a keynote speaker and more.

    Maine Poets Society

    An organization of Maine writers actively engaged in creating poetry.

    Words from the Frontier: Poetry in Maine

    Captures the unique voice of contemporary Maine poets in a lively, sound-rich radio program for broadcast and the Internet.

    Down East Writers

    A membership critique group that meets weekly in Blue Hill, Maine.

    Room to Write

    A center for expressive and therapeutic writing. Offers workshops and groups in downtown Brunswick, Maine, for people who want to write their way to increased well-being and self-understanding.

    A Parallel Uni-Verse

    Poems and book reviews by Maine writers.

    The Maine Review

    Published twice a year, The Maine Review features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by both established and emerging writers.

    Agents Editors Writers

    An annual conference in Belgrade offering critique sessions, discussion panels, classes, and face-to-face time with agents, editors, and publishers.


    A community arts organization in Ellsworth that offers some writing-related programming, including an upcoming weekend writing workshop, a generative two-day retreat with Sammi Labue, June 9 & 10.


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