On Urgency: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Through a Queer Lens
What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction as a queer person in 2021? What silences do we sense in the archive and in ourselves? How do we tap into our personal urgency to fill up those spaces with imagination? And what does it feel like to be alive right now? We’ll think about all those questions and more, alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closing. We’ll look at your manuscript, and we’ll also look at short examples of published 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 email@example.com by July 16.
Paul Lisicky is the author of six books, including Later: My Life at the Edge of the World (an NPR Best Book of 2020) and The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors' Choice and finalist for the Randy Shilts Award). 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 currently the director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is an Associate Professor and editor of StoryQuarterly. He lives in Brooklyn. He recently completed his next book, The Inner Anton of Me.