On Urgency: A Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.
What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction in 2019? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, 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, focus, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll do this through the lens of your own manuscript while also looking at short examples of outside work. There will be time for exercises. Along the way we’ll work hard and make sure that play and seriousness share the same space.
Please email your manuscript, up to eight pages, 12pt font, double-spaced, to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14.
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.