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Summer Workshop Program 2023

Please note: Orientation for Weeks 3-11 is on Sunday; Workshops are Monday through Friday. See an example of a week at FAWC here.
Melissa Febos Nonfiction Essay Lab June 25 to July 1, 2023 Tuition: $800.00 Workshop: 9am - 12pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir ADVANCED On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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Conventional essay forms offer us familiar containers in which to pour our content. And essays are traditionally driven by content. It is a formula that works. The problem with formula, and the familiar, is that it lulls the imagination and protects the psyche. But what happens when we lead with structure? What happens to our content when it meets an unfamiliar container? Sometimes, by disrupting the familiar forms that narrative takes, we can find a truer story. In this workshop, we will examine short essays by contemporary masters and generate work using borrowed forms from diverse sources such as playlists, bestiaries, instruction manuals, and letters.

Biography

Melissa Febos is the bestselling author of four books, most recently, Girlhood, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Lambda Literary, The Black Mountain Institute, The Barbara Deming Foundation, The British Library, the Bogliasco Foundation, and others. She is an associate professor at the University of Iowa.

 

 

 

 

 

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