Wildness & Intuition: A Workshop in Memoir/Narrative Nonfiction
In this generative class we’ll learn to respect our wildness and intuition in terms of how we make choices in memoir and narrative nonfiction. We’ll do that through both close readings of outside work and a sequence of in-class writing projects, which we’ll talk about in depth on our last two days. The only prerequisites are a sense of play and a willingness to question—and even break up—our old ways of thinking. We will make this about hope.
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.