Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Paul Lisicky On Urgency: A Memoir and Creative Nonfiction Workshop June 23 to June 28, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir Open To All On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
This Workshop Is Full

What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction in 2024? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, care, justice, survival, and power—all that is wrong with the world and all we’d like to make better? How does it feel to be alive right now? We’ll think about those questions alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, aboutness, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll do this through the frame of your own manuscript while also looking at a few short examples of outside work. There will be time for exercises. Along the way we’ll work hard, look after each other, and make sure that gravity and joy share the same space.


Please submit up to ten pages (double spaced) of work to by June 7.


Paul Lisicky’s seven 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 honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Rose Dorothea Award from the Provincetown Library. He is a Professor of English in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is editor of StoryQuarterly. His seventh book, The Sky in It: A Life with Joni Mitchell, is forthcoming from HarperOne.

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