Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Chen Chen Writing Friendship August 4 to August 9, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Poetry Open To All On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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Inspired by recent discourse on the complexities of friendship, this multi-genre generative workshop explores a variety of approaches to writing about/from friendship. We’ll start by discussing Mary Ruefle’s Pushcart Prize-winning essay “Dear Friends” before diving into friendship-focused work by a range of poets and writers. Each day you will be provided prompts and exercises, and participants can expect to generate at least five drafts over the week. We’ll think about what friendship means in an era of friending and following, of political upheavals and generational divides as well as intersections. Writers of all genres are welcome to this gathering of texts, questions, and—one hopes—friends.


Chen Chen is the author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (BOA Editions), a best book of 2022 according to the Boston Globe, Electric Lit, and others. His debut, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award and won the 2018 Thom Gunn Award. He has received two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists. He teaches for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College, Stonecoast, and Antioch.

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