Summer Workshop Program 2023

Please note: The tuition for all Summer Program Workshops is the following:
$900-Sustaining Rate, $700-Regular Rate, $500-Student/Teacher Rate
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Joan Wickersham Unlocking the Story: Memoir and Fiction June 26 to July 1, 2016 Tuition: $725 Workshop: 9AM-1PM Discipline: Fiction OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options


What is my story and how do I tell it? Any writer – no matter how seasoned – has to grapple with these questions, day after day, project after project. This intensive workshop for fiction and memoir writers will focus on finding the story and telling it in the most frank, compelling way possible. The class will include both generative writing exercises and workshop discussion. We will look at different techniques used by writers, as well as working from prompts suggested by our own lives and experiences, all with the goal of unlocking the stories that most urgently need to be told. We will also spend time each day discussing student work submitted beforehand. By the end of the week we each will have found rich new resources to draw upon for future work.

Please e-mail a piece of fiction or memoir (no longer than 8 double-spaced pages) to by June 10. Also, please bring a notebook to class along with a few photographs of personal significance.


Joan Wickersham is the author of The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist, and The News from Spain. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in many publications, including The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She writes a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe. Wickersham has taught fiction and memoir at Harvard, Emerson, UMass Boston, and the Bennington Writing Seminars.







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