Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Ann Hood Finding the Story in Your Story: A Memoir Workshop June 7 to June 12, 2020 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

Tara Westover said: “I think that when memoir goes wrong, it goes wrong from too much memory, too much detail. It’s about clearing all that away and just getting to the story.” This workshop will focus on clearing away what doesn’t belong and finding and writing the story you want to tell within the larger story of your life. We will dig deep into each other’s writing and emerge ready to write our memoirs.

Please submit a 12-page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) memoir manuscript to Dawn Walsh at by May 31. Also, please bring 11 copies of the same manuscript to the first class meeting.


Ann Hood is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Book That Matters Most; and four memoirs. Her memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief was a NYT Editor’s Choice and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her essays and stories have appeared in many publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, National Geographic Traveler, and The Paris Review. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, and a Best American Travel Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing Award. Her most recent book is FLY GIRL, a memoir about her time as a TWA flight attendant during the Golden Age of flying.