LEWISTON — “The Character in Crisis” is this month’s workshop for the Maine Romance Writers. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston campus, 51 Westminster St., in room 103.

This workshop will explore possible crisis scenarios. Participants will be given writing exercises to work on during class time and will present their work in class.

The formal meeting is followed by an informal bring-your-own bag lunch social for chat about writing. The speaker will begin at 1 p.m.

Laima Vince, the presenter, is the recipient of two Fulbright lectureships and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Literature and a PEN Translation Fund grant. She has translated and published two collections of poetry, five works of literary nonfiction, and two plays, in addition to writing numerous essays, articles, stories, poems and academic papers.

She has an accomplished career in education spanning two decades, and is a published writer and playwright with professional literary ties in Europe, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

Vince holds a master’s degree in fine arts writing from Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, and in 2014 earned a master’s degree of fine arts in nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire. She previously served as the faculty director of the Stonecoast Summer Writer’s Conference, and serves as an assistant professor of English at USM where she teaches creative writing.

MRW, a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to supporting romance writers, meets monthly. Nonmember guests are welcome and encouraged to attend all or part of the meeting.

First time guests are welcome to attend free of charge, but will be assessed a $5 program fee for subsequent visits. Anyone interested in writing fiction is welcome to attend.

Those who plan to attend should contact Marianne at [email protected].

For more information, visit www.MaineRomanceWriters.com.

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