Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2022 Summer Workshops

Full Schedule
Instructors
Elissa Altman
Permission and the New Memoirist
July 3 to July 8, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Who am I to tell my story? The writing of memoir often begins with the daunting questions of permission and story ownership, which together can keep the new memoirist from moving into a place where voice and story are free to emerge. In this generative workshop, we will tackle questions that will enable the new... more
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
How to Get It All Done: Or Just Let It Unfold
July 3 to July 8, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
In this generative class we’ll play around between fixed forms and more intuitive processes to figure out what we mean by rigor and risk. This class will be a mix of writing new poems and workshopping/being in conversation with what we’ve made. We’ll have adventures in beautiful PTown. We’ll let poems happen and sometimes urge... more
Daniel Heyman
The Large Woodcut
July 3 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $1,600.00
ADVANCED
In printmaking, working large is a challenge no matter how many years you have been working at it. Taking advantage of the two-week length of this class students will be challenged to make a large woodblock print designed in response to intense observation/looking. Whether you choose to study a figure, a landscape, or a still... more
David Hilliard
The Talking Eye: Exploring and Refining Visual Language
July 3 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $1,600.00
OPEN TO ALL
In this extended two-week workshop we will explore photography as a universal storytelling language. From its inception the photographic medium has been expected to prove, explain, or entertain; its very mechanical nature asks it to be precise. The workshop is designed to challenge your notions of what your photographs can do. During these weeks, you... more
Gail Mazur
Writing and Revising, A Poetry Workshop
July 3 to July 8, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Sometimes, writers might have a nagging feeling a poem doesn’t work, but they are not confident about how to revise. During this week, we will talk about poems we love (everyone should bring at least one of those), write poems, and read and revise poems participants bring to the table. Walking in Provincetown itself can... more
Susanna Sonnenberg
Bit By Bit: Manuscript Development of the Memoir
July 3 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $1,600.00
OPEN TO ALL
This two-week intensive will focus on manuscript development for writers who have a significant portion of a memoir already finished, whether a first draft or a fifth. We will identify and develop structure, sections, recurrent themes, and consistent voice. You will be challenged to deepen aspects of the manuscript in service to the story and... more
Forrest Williams
Painting the Figure
July 3 to July 8, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Class is held from 9 am – 12 pm. Instructor and model will be available 1 pm –  4pm for continued class time. Afternoon sessions are not required. Instruction in painting from the live model. You will be encouraged to create a basic palette from direct observation of the model, using oil paint. Setting up... more
Garrard Conley
Jumpstart Your Nonfiction Project
July 10 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by research, intimidated by structure and/or narrative possibilities, or otherwise stuck in pre-drafting limbo, this workshop will present you with generative prompts, examples drawn from skilled writers, and opportunities to go hands-on with your nonfiction project. There will be a mix of discussion, in-class writing, and workshops which focus primarily on... more
Jess T. Dugan
The Intimate Portrait
July 10 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Making a photographic portrait is an intimate endeavor, requiring both photographer and subject to work together to create a compelling image. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of the maker as they are of the subject. In this workshop, participants will investigate their motivations for making portraits, strengthen their skills working with... more
Sarah Schulman
The Craft Fundamentals of Fiction and Nonfiction
July 10 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Whether you are a total beginner or someone with multiple books published, this introductory workshop can get you started in a new direction. Insights into narrative drive, the development of an idea, creating characters, asserting place, and deeper questions about how to communicate with the reader will be shared and grappled with together. more
Paul Stopforth
Discovering Drawing
July 10 to July 15, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Drawing is an essential component in the lives of working artists. Regardless of experience or levels of skill, drawing connects all of us to a sense of being present and engaged directly with the act of creation. Drawing reveals rich avenues of thinking and feeling from an infinite variety of sources. This course will involve... more
Jill Bialosky
Telling It Slant
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Emily Dickinson wrote, “Tell all the truth/but tell it slant.” This workshop will offer narrative strategies for digging deeper in memoir and personal essay by investigating Dickinson’s dictum. How does a piece of writing, whether personal essay or memoir transform itself from personal experience into artfulness? How can a fictive voice be called upon in... more
Joanne Dugan
Owning Your Truth: More Experiments In Text and Image
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Owning Your Truth: More Experiments In Text and Image for Writers and Photographers, is a new class that encourages students to use the text/image form to spontaneously channel an authentic creative voice. Using a series of quick prompt assignments informed by improvisation and mindfulness techniques, the work is helpful for anyone interested in opening up... more
Major Jackson
Writing To Imagine Ourselves: A Poetry Workshop
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
So much of writing poetry is a discovery and honoring of the self. When we are attentive and when we courageously listen to the spirit of our moment, we find the language that reveals who we are, how we imaginatively respond to the world around us, and give voice to our personal joys and collective... more
Paul Lisicky
On Urgency: A Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Workshop
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
What does it mean to write creative nonfiction and memoir in 2022? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, survival, isolation, and 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... more
Andrew Mockler
Monotype/Monoprint: Theme and Variation
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
In this Master Printer Series workshop, each participant will work to develop a group of prints that explores a range of variations on a theme. We will work with monotype and other print techniques including woodcut, drypoint, and collograph. Over the week, each artist will work toward achieving a body of work that has a... more
Idra Novey
Shifting Point of View, Shaping a Work of Fiction
July 17 to July 22, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
In this workshop, we will look at the way a character’s blind spots can be revealed in POV shifts, and also what Fernanda Melchor calls the “experimental ego that is character development.” What happens in a novel when a writer experiments with multiple egos at once? How do those simultaneous experiments shape the narrative that... more
Marion Winik
Memoir Boot Camp
July 17 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
By definition, boot camp is “a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training.” In my take on it, you’ll spend a week creating and workshopping new material using approaches that may be a bit different than what you’ve tried before. The goal is to help you move toward writing the strongest work you have in... more
Traci Brimhall
Between Wilderness and Clarity: Tuning Your Tension
July 24 to July 29, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Every writer has their strengths, but we often over-rely on what we do well. In this workshop we will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and music, emotion and intellect. We will then use exercises to generate new work that tries to balance our inherent strengths by... more
Chen Chen
On Beginning (Again)
July 24 to July 29, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
How did you come to writing? Or, how did writing come to you? And why do you continue to write? During this time of great collective uncertainty and upheaval, it may be difficult to know what role writing has, for those of us starting out on this path as well as for those of us... more
Martha Collins
How Can I Write Poems About That?
July 24 to July 29, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Race and class, climate and country, violence and trauma: from the global to the personal, from headlines to history, our times and lives present us with troubling issues that may seem hard to address in poems. This workshop will discuss some ways to enter these difficult territories and some poetic strategies to use when you... more
Vievee Francis
Ecopoetry, The Pastoral, & A Walk In the Wildwood
July 24 to July 29, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
According to author John Shoptaw, “an ecopoem needs to be environmental and environmentalist.” It needs more than “the vocabulary of nature.” Together we will examine the difference between ecopoetry and nature poems. What are the objectives of the  pastoral poem? The anti-pastoral? Through reading the extraordinary work of poets for whom nature and society form... more
Kimiko Hahn
Capturing the Hybrid Text (Poetry And Otherwise)
July 24 to July 22, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
The mythological Chimera is created from parts of different beasts. Does that hybridity sound like your work or an area you’d like to explore? In this generative workshop, we’ll mix things up to create a unified experience. We’ll begin with example texts that turn into writing prompts. By week’s end, everyone will lay pages on... more
Fred Marchant
Out There, In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem - CANCELED
July 24 to July 29, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
This class will be held at FAWC and led by Erica Bodwell as on-site TA. Fred will join each day via Zoom, and will send assignments and feedback daily.   Ekphrastic poems go beyond description and lead us into surprising associations and revelations. We will work on new poems that respond to what is “out... more
Campbell McGrath
Researching the Ineffable
July 24 to July 29, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
“I loafe and invite my soul,” Whitman declares at the start of “Song of Myself,” seeming to confirm the popular image of poets as lazy dreamers. But what if “loafing” is a necessary form of artistic preparation? What if the “soul” is a sensible topic for poetic reflection? In this generative workshop we will consider... more
Vicky Tomayko
Open Print
July 24 to July 29, 2022
24-Hour Access
TUITION: $500.00

During this week, space will be opened in the print shop for experienced printers who have previously attended printmaking classes at the Fine Arts Work Center. Students will work on their own independent projects and will have 24-hour access to the studio. No instruction is provided but Vicky will be on-hand to answer questions or... more
David Baker
Lyric Nature: From Pastoral to Ecopoetics
July 31 to August 5, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM (includes excursions)
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
This class will focus on the evolution of nature in lyric poetry. Each day will include a lesson with reading materials and prompts, though we’ll devote the primary workshops to your own poems within the “nature” categories. We’re likely to do some afternoon fieldwork, too—together and on our own—to explore natural sites and opportunities in... more
Erin Belieu
Craft Tools for Generation and Revision - CANCELED
July 31 to August 5, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
In this workshop, we will discuss poems at the beginning of class that focus on important elements of craft. We’ll use these poems as craft prompts for drafts you may choose to share with the group (or not. Entirely up to you). We will also workshop poems you’ve been hoping to revise but for which... more
Tina Chang
Luminous Wreckage: Writing Your Way Back To Being
July 31 to August 5, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
In this workshop we’ll examine the ways writers have written their way back from silence to find their voice again. After two years of isolation and grief, this class offers pathways toward beauty and revelation through risk and rigor. We’ll discuss the ways poets have found strength in their voice through application of theme, form,... more
Andrea Cohen
The Long and Short of It: Expansion And Distillation
July 31 to August 5, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
We’ll look at ways to simplify and add complexity to poems. And we’ll explore ways of deepening our poems, and leaving a door open for mystery and surprise. This will include looking at the work of a few poets who do this (effortlessly, it would seem); writing new poems; and workshopping poems that you feel... more
Fred Liang
Monoprinting - Creating Under Pressure
July 31 to August 5, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
In this Master Printer Series workshop, bridge the immediacy of drawing with the processes of printmaking. You will focus on developing visual ideas in a serial, yet exploratory approach. This class is ideal both for artists with limited printmaking experience, and advanced printmakers eager to learn traditional and alternative printmaking techniques of committing their creative... more
Eileen Myles
My Poetry Workshop
July 31 to August 5, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
I pretty much always teach the same workshop but it’s a good one. I think the focus is on thinking, striving to be widely observant in your thoughts and using a poem to hold them in continually new though more or less constant ways. What I mean is the mind gets bored so it’s okay... more
Porsha Olayiwola
Dismantling the Tradition: On Form & Power
July 31 to August 5, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Infrastructures hold tradition in place. Tradition creates social norms that last centuries. Infrastructure, both tangible and unseen, establish a system by which the norms never alter. This is true in history, social hierarchy, and literature. Classical form, in poetry, can operate as an oppressive infrastructure dictating how and what we write. This course will focus... more
Matthew Olzmann
Love Poems
July 31 to August 5, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
How can a poem risk vulnerability without crushing us under the weight of sentimentality? How can the abstract experience of a specific emotion be made tangible? How can you write a poem that makes someone fall in love with you? This class will answer each of those questions except for the last one. This will... more
Mark Adams
In The Footsteps of Thoreau: A Drawing & Writing Workshop
August 7 to August 12, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM (includes excursions)
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Draw and write along the trails of Provincetown using Henry David Thoreau’s prompts. Explore simple drawing methods suitable for beginners and the advanced, including pen, ink and brush, combining word and image on sketchbook pages. Observe and record landscapes with fresh eyes. We’ll meet outdoors at different locations each day: Beech Forest, Snail Road, Provincetown... more
Elizabeth Bradfield
It is Solved by Walking: An Eco-Poetry Workshop
August 7 to August 12, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM (includes excursions)
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Wonder. Wander. A naturalist’s attention to the world can enhance any writer’s eye for detail. This poetry workshop is geared toward increasing our capacity to experience and express wonderment through the rich intersections of observation, knowledge, movement, and memory. We will wander toward wonder through readings, natural history focused walks, writing assignments, and conversations. Expect... more
Mahogany L. Browne
Nature & the Socio-Political Body
August 7 to August 12, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
This generative workshop will examine poetic techniques by studying conversations between the poet, the social constructs, and the laws of nature. Poems by Aracelis Girmay, June Jordan, Rumi, and Ross Gay will be utilized as a literary blueprint in this writing experience. This workshop is designed to propel our imaginations as writers and critical thinkers.... more
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Writing a Sense of Belonging
August 7 to August 12, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
This workshop will offer prompts and readings to generate work on the theme of belonging. Bruno Latour writes that “all forms of belonging are undergoing metamorphosis.” Whether we consider belonging in terms of place, culture, tradition, gender, or habitat, the ground beneath our feet is shifting. In essay, memoir, or hybrid form, we’ll explore place... more
Pam Houston
In Praise (and Defense) Of All That is Left of the Earth
August 7 to August 12, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
The Earth doesn’t know how not to be beautiful. That is a fact. This will be a manuscript driven workshop in which ecologically engaged writers of literary prose (fiction, auto fiction, essay, and memoir) will turn in no more than 4500 words of prose that interacts with the natural world (don’t forget, we are part... more
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Trouble in Mind
August 7 to August 12, 2022
1 PM - 4 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
We live in troubled times, as have our ancestors before us and as will our children and future generations— including iterations of ourselves— who will look to our work as writers to help us understand difficult situations and get through them. This workshop will concern itself with writing trouble through literary approaches employed in lyrical... more
Bert Yarborough
Monotype and Change
August 7 to August 12, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
How can artists address the pressing and profound, social and environmental issues of the day? How can we meaningfully affect viewers with our work? We will begin by exploring one’s intention and how to embrace it without constrictions, allowing for play and openness. We will be making monotypes and expanding the possibilities of developing a... more
Mark Conway
What You’re Willing to Discover
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Yusef Komunyakaa said, “Don’t write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover.” In this poetry workshop we’ll concentrate on the deep, difficult-to-reach poem, writing that relies on intuition and half-glimpsed inner visions, our truest take on the world. Emphasis will be on challenging habits of mind rather than polishing existing poems. While... more
Nick Flynn
Memoir As Bewilderment
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
  In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: “Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end.” In our days together, we will examine this idea by thinking about the concept of “bewilderment” and how it gets acted out in our writing—either through surprising syntax, our access to the duende, leaps into the... more
Marie Howe
Doing It Differently: Generative Workshop/ Radical Revision
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Stanley Kunitz once cautioned us against clichés of speech, but he went on to caution us against clichés of thought and feeling as well. What are clichés of thought and feeling? What are ours? How do we undermine and revise thought habits, feeling habits and composition habits, so that writing (and revision) can become a... more
Celeste Lecesne
Story
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
Every story we tell is the myth of our lives struggling to be heard.  This workshop is designed to explore your individual myth, give voice to emotional, political, and personal truth and create a structure that will carry your story into the world. Whether you are working on a screenplay, a TV pilot, a stageplay,... more
Victoria Redel
Possibilities & Necessities: A Fiction Workshop
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
This workshop focuses on possibilities within a work of fiction—what are the possibilities and limitations found in choices of narrative point of view, syntax, time, memory, story structure, sentences, omission, openings, closure, objects, dialogue, and a narrative’s leaps and speed. How do we clear away obvious ways of sounding on the page in order to... more
Dani Shapiro
Transforming Chaos into Art: A Workshop In Fiction & Memoir
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
OPEN TO ALL
The most helpful writing workshops are ones in which the group acts as a single organism, its sole purpose being to help the piece of work at hand become its best possible self. Memoir, fiction—it’s all storytelling. Whether you’re bringing in pages of a memoir-in-progress or a work of fiction, we approach the page with... more
James Stroud
Jumpstart Etching: Photo-Etching on Copper
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $1,100.00
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
In this Master Printer Series course, students will get far into the etching process by transferring drawings from clear films to copper plates coated with a photosensitive resist. Once the plates are processed photographically and etched into the plates, they can be developed further by using traditional etching techniques. Photo-copper plates will be available from... more
Justin Torres
Advanced Fiction Workshop
August 14 to August 19, 2022
9 AM - 12 PM
TUITION: $800.00
ADVANCED
This course is for students who are already at work on a longer project—be that a short story collection, a novel, or some poetic hybrid of genres—and are looking for critical feedback. The workshop is intensive; we will look at two student pieces per class (short stories or excerpts from the longer work) plus outside... more