A workshop in late-night comedy writing led by one of the craft’s most acclaimed masters is one of the new writing workshops on tap at Maine Media Workshops + College this summer. The school also offers new workshops in Personal Storytelling led by best-selling author Joyce Maynard, as well as workshops in screenwriting and writing documentaries. The Midcoast institution, internationally known for its workshops in photography, film and video, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Four-time Emmy Award-winner Steve O’Donnell will introduce students to the world of Late Night Comedy Writing during a week-long workshop starting July 14. O’Donnell is a longtime head writer for both David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, and his television work also includes “The Chris Rock Show,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “The Dana Carvey Show” and, most recently, “Sports Show” with Norm Macdonald. His sitcom work includes stints at “Seinfeld” and “LateLine” with Al Franken. He also has written animated programs ranging from “The Simpsons” to the Cartoon Network's “Space Ghost.”

Students will explore various approaches to creating late-night and cable comedy/variety content including monologue, running bits, sketches and short comic vignettes that are a staple of websites such as “Funny or Die.”

In her Personal Storytelling workshops (July 28 through Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 through 10), bestselling writer Maynard will help students transform life experience into memoir. Each week-long workshop will offer an intensive exploration of personal narrative for the short essay form, the book-length memoir or as a work of performance storytelling. The weeks are designed so that students can participate in one or both.

Maynard is celebrated writer of both fiction and nonfiction for more than 40 years whose memoir “At Home in the World” has been translated into 18 languages.  Her novels include “To Die For,” adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman; and “Labor Day,” the basis for a forthcoming film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Her latest novel, “After Her,” will be published by William Morrow in August. Maynard also performs frequently as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San Francisco.

Among other writing workshops offered by Maine Media Workshops this season will be classes in screenwriting led by veteran screenwriters Wayne Beach (June 23 through 29) and Janet Roach (Sept. 8 through 14; and 15 through 21). Emmy Award-winning writer and director Jack McDonald will lead Writing & Developing The Documentary July 7 through 13; and Sept. 8 through 14. Autumn will bring writing workshops in corporate writing and a documentary master class led by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer DeWitt Sage.

Continuing its tradition of offering a rich array of workshops for young artists, the school will also host two workshops for Young Screenwriters (June 30 through July 6; and July 7 through 13).

Founded in 1973 as Maine Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops + College has evolved into a creative center for visual storytellers across many disciplines. Offering immersive photography, filmmaking and multimedia courses in one-day, one and two-week workshops, a one-year professional certificate program and a three-year MFA degree program, Maine Media attracts more than 1,600 students each year from all over the world.

For more information on the upcoming courses, visit mainemedia.edu.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.