Maine Media Workshops + College is expanding its workshop offerings for writers with the addition of a new week-long Late Night Comedy Writing course led by four-time Emmy Award-winner Steve O'Donnell beginning Sunday, Sept. 29.

The school also plays host to 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.

O’Donnell’s students will explore various approaches to creating late night and cable comedy-variety content including monolog, running bits, sketches and the 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), best-selling 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.

Among other writing workshops offered by Maine Media Workshops this season will be classes in screenwriting led by veteran screenwriter Janet Roach (Sept. 8 through 14; and 15 through 21). Emmy Award-winning writer and director Jack McDonald will lead Writing & Developing The Documentary 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. For more information, call 236-8581 or visit

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