Developing Your Memoir
This is a class for those looking to revive a memoir or creative nonfiction project. We’ll spend the first three days of the week reading and thinking about the work of other writers (Hilton Als, Heidi Julavits, and Nick Flynn, among others), generating material inspired by those selections. We’ll spend the final two days talking about your new work. What does it mean to write memoir in 2017? How does one create a signature voice in volatile times? We’ll consider those questions again and again over the course of our week, and make sure delight isn’t an enemy to seriousness.
Paul Lisicky’s six books include Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, The Cut, Fence, The New York Times, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Fine Arts Work Center, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn.