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Memoir/Personal Essay Workshop – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Pam Houston Memoir/Personal Essay Workshop July 8 to July 13, 2018 Tuition: $725 Workshop: 9am-1pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir BY APPLICATION ONLY On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options

This workshop is part of Creative Nonfiction Week.

The class will be workshop focused and participants will be asked to bring a draft of approximately 5000 words to be critiqued. We will be working together to find the story that is lurking under the story, and how the writer might use particular tools (scene, dialogue, metaphor, point of view, structure, form) to better access that under-story, to bring the power of the piece to its full capacity. We will also have the opportunity to participate in a joint storytelling exercise with photographer David Hilliard’s workshop students and will be talking about storytelling across genre and form.

This class requires a writing sample for admittance. Please submit five pages of prose to Dawn Walsh at dwalsh@dev.fawc.org prior to registering for the class. Your submission will hold a space in the workshop. You will then be notified of a decision within a week. If accepted, you will need to then register and pay in full to secure your spot in the workshop.

If admitted, please bring to the first class ten copies of a manuscript up to 5,000 words, double-spaced, 12 point font to be critiqued in class.


Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place co authored with Amy Irvine. She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth.