2023 Summer Workshops
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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 those questions, and more alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, focus, aboutness, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll look at some excerpts of outside work, but your writing will be our primary text. There will be time for exercises. Along the way we’ll work hard, take care of each other, and make sure that joy and seriousness share the same space.
Please email your manuscript, up to ten pages, 12pt font, double-spaced to email@example.com by July 3.
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.