FINE ARTS WORK CENTER
IN PROVINCETOWN

Engaging the Experience: Making Meaning in Memoir

Susanna Sonnenberg WEEK 5: July 5 to July 10 TUITION: $650 WORKSHOP: 9am-12pm DISCIPLINE: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL ON-SITE HOUSING AVAILABLE

How do we turn “what happened” into a story? How do we shift through the sheer wealth of anecdote in a lived life and give it narrative purpose? Is “the truth” enough? In a confidential environment, we will examine what makes a story. This is a vigorous memoir workshop in which we devote laser focus to the tools and techniques of good writing in the service of the story. Students should expect to write frequently in class and to complete daily writing assignments, as well as to read their colleagues’ work closely.

Please submit a memoir excerpt no longer than 1,500 words to Dawn Walsh at dwalsh@fawc.org by June 26.

BIOGRAPHY

Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of the memoirs Her Last Death and She Matters: A Life in Friendships, both New York Times Best Sellers. Her essays and personal narratives have been widely anthologized. She teaches writing online and writes in Missoula, Montana, where she has lived since 1993.