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Maine Media Workshops + College is expanding its workshop offerings for writers with the addition of a new week-long Late Night Comedy Writing course lead by four-time Emmy award-winner Steve O'Donnell. The school will also play 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 fortieth anniversary this year.
A longtime head writer for both David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, Steve O’Donnell will introduce students to the world of Late Night Comedy Writing during a week-long workshop starting September 29. O’Donnell’s 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 sit-com work includes stints at Seinfeld and Lateline with Al Franken. He has also 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 monolog, 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-Aug. 3 and Aug. 4-10), best-selling writer Joyce 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.
A celebrated writer of both fiction and nonfiction for over forty years, her memoir At Home in the World, has been translated into eighteen 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 screenwriter Janet Roach (Sept. 8-14, Sept. 15-21). Emmy Award-winning writer and director Jack McDonald will lead Writing & Developing The Documentary (Sept. 8-14). Autumn will bring writing workshops in corporate writing and a documentary master class led by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer DeWitt Sage.
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.
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