Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

The Stonecoast Summer Writers' Conference Application


June 24-29, 2019


APPLICATION (Please Print and Submit)

The following is a list of items required for a complete application:

[ ] Completed application form

[ ] A brief (1-2 page) cover letter describing your writing background and goals

[ ] An application manuscript:

  • Manuscripts should be no longer than 16 pages, double-spaced, in 12pt type.
  • Make sure your name appears on the top of every page.
  • Manuscripts should correspond to the genre of your first choice workshop.

Your application manuscript does not have to contain the same material you wish to work with this summer. Students accepted into the conference will have the chance to submit new work prior to the conference.

            [ ] $200 non-refundable deposit*


Mail Completed Application to:

Justin Tussing, Director

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference

c/o Department of English

University of Southern Maine

P.O. Box 9300

Portland, ME 04104-9300


Note: The Stonecoast Writers’ Conference has a rolling admission process. Admission decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving your completed application. You will be notified by email.


*Refund & Cancellation Policy:

If you are accepted into this program and decide to withdraw from the conference for any reason, your $200 deposit is non-refundable. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing one month prior to the start of the program (May 24, 2019) in order to receive a full tuition refund (excluding the non-refundable deposit).  If you are not accepted into the conference, or if USM cancels the program, the deposit will be returned.


The University of Southern Maine shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to the executive director, Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, (207)780-5094, TTY (207) 780-5646.


The Stonecoast Writers’ Conference requires a $200 deposit to reserve your place in the program. 


Make check payable to “University of Southern Maine

All applications, in order to be considered complete, must include a $200 non-refundable deposit.

If accepted into the program, this deposit will be deducted from the total program tuition.

If you are not accepted into the program, or if a workshop is cancelled, your full deposit will be refunded.


2019 Stonecoast Writers’ Conference Application Form


Fields marked with an * are REQUIRED:



*Mailing Address:___________________________________________________



*Date of Birth:________________
How did you hear about this program?___________________________________


You must apply for a particular workshop/genre. In the space below, please indicate your first choice and second choices. You will be notified if there is no space available in your first choice.

If you are unsure which workshop best meets your needs, please email Justin Tussing, the Conference Director,


If, your first choice of workshops is not available, we will contact you before enrolling you in your second choice.

                                                                             First Choice     Second Choice


Creative Writing Bootcamp with Stephanie Soileau      [  ]                   [  ]

Fiction Writing with Ron Currie, Jr.                                [  ]                    [  ]

Poetry Writing with Cate Marvin                                    [  ]                    [  ]



[  ] Academic Credit (3-credits): $1195

The academic credit price includes USM tuition, university fees, and a course fee that covers special course materials and all program components (daily lunch, evening readings, mid-day programming, etc.)

[  ] C.E.U. Credit (3-credits): $1195

Continuing Education Credits are available. There are no additional costs.

For questions regarding which workshop is right for you, your application, or program content:

Justin Tussing, Director
Stonecoast Writers’ Conference
c/o Department of English
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Telephone: 207.228.8393


For questions regarding billing:

For Academic Credit:

Student Financial Services

University of Southern Maine

37 College Avenue

Gorham, ME 04038

Telephone: (207) 780-5250


For Continuing Education Credit:

Professional & Continuing Education

University of Southern Maine

PO Box 9300

Portland, ME 04104-9300

Telephone: (207) 780-5951