FINE ARTS WORK CENTER
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WORKSHOP CATALOG

Kristina Marie Darling
THE FINE ART OF APPLICATION WRITING: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS
October 4 to October 29, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHROUNOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS This workshop will walk students through the basics of writing convincing and persuasive applications to fellowships, residencies, grants, and other opportunities. We will address such topics as crafting personal statements, writing compelling project proposals, choosing the writing sample, and compiling your dossier as a whole. Students will leave the workshop with... more
Sarah Rose Nordgren
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? WRITING AMBITIOUS POEMS IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
October 4 to October 29, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONONOUS How can poetry help us to process and respond to uncertainty? How might it teach us to grieve as well as heal? To counter isolation with connection? To generate energy and urgency around the crucial problems of our time? Poised, as so many of us are, between information-overload and a feeling of powerlessness in... more
Daisy Fried
WRITING POEMS THAT DON'T FIT
October 4 to October 29, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS  Does it sometimes feel to you that your poems don’t quite fit in? Are you excited about what you are writing but feel you’re out of step with the poetry moment? Good! This workshop recognizes that the best poetry often doesn’t fit into any easily characterizable mode or period style, but makes commitments as... more
Dorianne Laux
MAKING A POEM MEMORABLE - LIVE
October 4 to October 8, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm (Eastern) What makes a poem memorable? Dave Smith says it’s “… a confident use of language which releases feeling and keeps releasing it with repeated readings.” Naomi Shihab Nye says for her it is, “Love and care for elemental details… and a way of ending that leaves a new resonance or... more
Kim Addonizio
WORD SHOP: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE
October 11 to October 15, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 11am-1pm (Eastern) Get ready for five days of intensive writing together! During our Zoom meetings, we’ll do all kinds of in-class writing. We’ll read and think about some model poems to see what we can learn from them. We’ll also experiment with free-writes, word games, and revision techniques. You’ll have the opportunity... more
Rebecca Morgan Frank
THE ART OF GETTING UNSTUCK: WRITING YOUR WAY BACK INTO THE POEM - LIVE
October 11 to October 15, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm (Eastern) Are you trying to find your way back to poetry after a long year or more of putting your creative work on the back burner? Or are you looking to take your work in new directions? Join us for a live generative workshop that will provide a virtual space for... more
Patricia Spears Jones
9 LIVING WOMEN POETS, 4 NEW POEMS
October 11 to October 15, 2021
TUITION: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS This is a is a generative poetry workshop for accomplished poets who want to closely explore the work of living women poets in order to inspire new work and engage their practice.  We will draw from my own curated feminine canon which includes Erica Hunt, Brenda Hillman, Maureen Owen, Donika Kelly,... more
Anne Sanow
LIFTOFF: GETTING THAT STORY DRAFT MOVING
October 18 to November 12, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS Do you have unfinished story fragments?  Lacking some focus with your writing?  Or just looking for a fresh start?  This course is for you!  “Liftoff” is a 4-week intensive writing workshop geared toward helping you make something happen.  This fall, commit to getting that story idea out of your head and... more
Peter Campion
FORM & FEELING
October 18 to November 12, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—while generating our own new poems. I hope to give each student a better... more
Sandra Beasley
MAPPING YOUR MEMOIR FROM START TO FINISH
October 18 to December 10, 2021
TUITION: $750
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS What begins with “I have a story to tell” can soon feel unwieldy in terms of structuring a narrative, creating scenes, and adding factual depth. This class helps you create an action plan for getting your memoir or memoir-in-essays written, resulting in an annotated outline that can be used both... more
Curtis Bauer
WRITING THE EVENT: A GENERATIVE POETRY WORKSHOP
October 18 to October 22, 2021
TUITION: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS “Everything is an event for those who know how to tremble…” wrote the French poet and judge Jean Follain (translated here by Heather McHugh). Too often we are at a loss for what to write about, thinking that our subjects must be grand or address some supreme truth. However, the... more
Fred Marchant
ENERGIES OF THE DREAM: A POETRY WORKSHOP
October 25 to November 19, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS Just think of how many dreams you have during any given month! Think of the imaginative energy that pours into, and emanates from those images and stories. Think too of how such imaginative energy might be brought to bear on your poetry and on your writing processes in general. In our four week workshop we will examine and... more
Elissa Altman
INTIMACY, PERMISSION, AND THE HEART OF THE STORY
October 25 to November 19, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS Annie Dillard once said You have to take pains not to hang on the reader’s arms, like a drunk, and say, “And then I did this and it was so interesting.” What is it, exactly, that makes personal narrative truly engaging? How do we navigate the mine-field of story ownership... more
January Gill O'Neil
TINY MIRACLES AND EVERYDAY WONDERS: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE
October 25 to October 29, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-8pm (Eastern) Making room for beauty and randomness may seem like an indulgence in our writing. But attending to our astonishments—the tiny miracles and everyday wonders—is the most important work a poet can do. In this weeklong workshop, we’ll explore opportunities to reach for joy in our work by employing language not... more
Kelli Russell Agodon
SECRET DOORWAYS INTO POETRY: A WEEK OF WRITING NEW POEMS - LIVE
October 25 to October 29, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm (Eastern) In times of uncertainty, it may be difficult to find the time and energy to write, but entryways into poems are all around us, if we just know where to look. This 5-day generative course was created to place poetry as our priority, allow play and curiosity to enter back... more
Susanna Sonnenberg
UNSAYABLE: THE ART OF BARING & BEARING THE TRUTH IN MEMOIR - LIVE
November 1 to November 5, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm (Eastern) In this five-day workshop, through prompts and discussion, we’ll investigate your true expression, the fears and perceived dangers of telling/writing what is real for you, and we’ll create permission to speak.  We’ll focus on a crucial ingredient of art — risk.  I count on students to display rigorous intention and... more
Nick Flynn
Memoir as Bewilderment - LIVE
November 1 to November 5, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: TBD In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: “Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end.” In our week together, I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of “bewilderment” and how it gets acted out in our writing—either through syntax, our accessing the duende,... more
Gayle Brandeis
WRITE YOUR MEMOIR LIKE AN ANIMAL
November 8 to November 12, 2021
TUITION: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS In the 4th century, Saint Augustine wrote, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” Write Your Memoir Like an Animal will help memoirists set their own lions of truth loose, and will also help them become lionhearted writers, attacking the page with... more
June Sylvester Saraceno
CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS
November 8 to December 3, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS Literary fiction has given us enduring, unforgettable characters—Scout, Holden, Anna Karenina, Bilbo Baggins and so many more. In this workshop, we’ll focus on creating memorable characters by fine tuning their voices, their responses to ordinary as well as unexpected events, their secrets, their motives, their unique expression of self. Bring the cast of characters... more
Chloe Caldwell
STRUCTURING THE NOVELLA WITH PRECISION
November 15 to December 10, 2021
TUITION: $650
ASHYNCHRONOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS Novellas are a special art form—contained and controlled. In this class, we will explore what makes an engaging novella and read various narrators such as excerpts from Victoria Redel. Marguerite Duras, and Hanif Kureishi. We will discuss the mystery of elision and what it can bring and take away from your... more
Elisa Albert
THE UN/LIKEABLE NARRATOR - LIVE
November 15 to November 19, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 11am-1pm (Eastern) What is “likeability” and how is it used, abused, glorified, and misunderstood in fiction? In this generative workshop, we’ll employ a light comic touch to confront personal discomfort, judgment, bias, envy, and self-awareness as both writers and as readers. We’ll refine our own prose with a special eye toward celebrating... more
Joanne Dugan
Writing Pictures: A Collaborative Workshop for Writers and Photographers - LIVE
November 15 to November 19, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 10am to 12pm (Eastern) It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet the addition of photographs to text yields surprising results that can greatly deepen the impact of poetry, narrative and other written forms. The text/image form, as described by artist Duane Michals exists “not to tell you... more
Ann Hood
JUMPSTART YOUR MEMOIR
November 15 to November 19, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 9am-11am (Eastern) In this one week intensive workshop we will work together to help you jumpstart your memoir. Whether you’re stuck in a draft that isn’t working, having trouble organizing your story, or just unable to get started, this workshop will get your ideas on the page and set your memoir into... more
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
24PearlStreet presents Saturday Sprints! with Aimee Nezhukumatathil - LIVE
December 4 to December 4, 2021
TUITION: $225
LIVE via ZOOM: time TBD. Saturday Sprints are three-hour generative workshops with stellar writers, usually centered on a theme.  Aimee Nezhukumatathil will lead students in several writing exercises and prompts in order to generate several amazing poem drafts. Workshop Theme: TBD Workshops are limited to 25 participants. more
Allison Joseph
Elegy as Healing Art: The Role of Elegy in Healing Our Wounds - LIVE
December 6 to December 10, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm This poetry workshop will consist of reading and writing elegies. How does poetry equip us to talk to and about grief? How does the grieving process itself resemble the process of writing a poem? Through assigned readings, generative exercises, and craft lectures, the course will take on such issues as the... more
Nicole J. Georges
DRAWING A LINE: GRAPHIC MEMOIR - LIVE
December 6 to December 10, 2021
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 12pm-2pm (Eastern) In this workshop we will explore and practice elements of story-telling in comics, with a focus on autobiography and fiction. We will create original work through writing exercises and guided cartooning assignments and discuss work in a supportive atmosphere to highlight each artist’s strengths. Students will learn the techniques, tools,... more