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Spring Workshop Series! Submissions open.


Join me for a five-week spring workshop series (online) for writers of fiction or nonfiction with work in progress. Already half full! Drafts due March 15. Details here.

Thoughts from 2024 Winter Workshop participants:

"Lara's guidance is gentle yet thorough. She's an experienced writing mentor who will inspire you."

"I so appreciate the work on my specific piece, but I enjoyed learning and thinking about the craft of writing and ways to explore even more."

"Thank you so much for this excellent, nurturing, constructive workshop. It sharpened my desire to write, gave me more confidence, and helped me focus on making my writing more compelling. The homework and the feedback from you and the group were tremendously helpful. I'm very much looking forward to the next one!"

"What an amazing opportunity! The group worked so well together. We helped each other as writers and readers."

Thanks, Boothbay Register


"Boothbay Harbor's Lara Tupper submitted a short story from her award-winning collection, Amphibians. 'Sarah [Parke, editor] wanted to focus on Maine character and resilience, and to me this means meeting hard circumstances with compassion and action. My short story, Glass, speaks to resilience. I've written about Maine in other ways, but this story seemed to meet Sarah's vision for what the anthology could be. I was thrilled when it was accepted and grateful to Leapfrog Press for allowing the story to be reprinted.'"


Read the article here. Thanks, Lisa Kristoff.

Maine Character Energy: a charity anthology


I'm honored to be part of this charity anthology, MAINE CHARACTER ENERGY, now available for preorder and out Jan. 17 from Rogue Owl Press. Our goal is to sell 3000 copies! "MAINE CHARACTER ENERGY is a charity collection of 11 written works that celebrate Maine's small towns, rugged wilderness, rocky coasts, and the everyday characters that make the Pine Tree State special. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety in honor of the victims, survivors, and families of the Lewiston-Auburn mass shooting that took place on October 25, 2023. We are authors who hold Maine close to our hearts and want to help the best way that we can."


Edited by Sarah Parke. The authors include: Shannon Bowring, Paul Carro, Charlotte Crowder, Cynthia Graae, Karen Menzel (nee Bovenmyer), Mary E. Plouffe, Bruce Pratt, Sidney Woods aka sid sibo, Michelle Soucy, Clif Travers, and Lara Tupper. Cover design by Em J. Knowles.


Ordering directly from Rogue Owl Press ensures that more funds go to charity. Thank you for supporting this cause!


Winter Workshop Series: all spaced filled!


The Winter Workshop Series is now at full capacity. (Huzzah!) If interested in the Spring Workshop Series (dates TBD), please reach out.

Winter Workshop Series: Two weeks left to submit!


I'll soon offer an online Winter Workshop Series for prose writers. Join us! It will run for five Mondays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm ET (January 15 - February 12, 2024). The submission deadline is *December 15* and the course rate will be discounted if enrolled before this date. It's a friendly, supportive group and I provide concrete feedback for all participants. More details here.

The day I sang backup for Barry.


New Substack! For the Fanilows.

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