• 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’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Maine writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    A Parallel Uni-Verse

    Poems and book reviews by Maine writers.


    Agents Editors Writers

    An annual conference in Belgrade offering writing 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 weekend writing workshops and a generative two-day retreat.


    Maine Poets Society

    An organization of Maine writers actively engaged in creating poetry.


    The Maine Review

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


    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.


    The New Guard

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


    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.


    Room to Write

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


    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.


    The Telling Room

    A nonprofit writing center in Portland 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.


    Writers Conference at Ocean Park

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


    Help us add to this list, Mainers! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or a Maine literary journal we should be aware of? Let us know here