facilitated by Jefferson Navicky

The class will focus on the malleable, often-misunderstood, often-maligned, monomaniacal form of the monologue. We will draw on texts from prose, poetry and drama to pull together a multi-faceted approach to the greatest generator of words in the history of Literature: the “I”.

The class will be a supportive lab for character experiment. Such character development can potentially lead to longer plays, poems or prose projects.

The workshop will be mainly process-centered with the majority of each class devoted to a variety of contemplative writing exercises. A small portion of each class will be dedicated to performance discussions and readings, culminating in a performance by local actors of class-generated monologues. Texts and writers that we may consult for class include: Moby Dick, Dolly Parton, Anne Waldman, W.G. Sebald, Howard Barker, Anne Carson, Clarice Lispector, Townes Van Zandt and Proust.

Beginning and experienced writers alike are welcomed and encouraged.

Six Wednesday nights • July 9th- August 13th
6:00-9:00pm • $150/person (sliding scale available)

The Barn at Windpointe, Freeport, Maine

For questions, or to register for the class, please email:

About the facilitator:

Jefferson Navicky earned his MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. His short plays have been produced by The Boston Theater Marathon, The Nylon Fusion Festival, and The Maine Playwrights Festival. In 2011, he received a Good Idea Grant through the Maine Arts Commission for his six-play cycle, Redwing Solitaire. Jefferson’s poetry and fiction have been published in a variety of journals, including The Café Review, Birkensnake, Hobart, Horse Less Review, and Café Irreal. He teaches English at Southern Maine Community College, and lives in Freeport.