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Permission and the New Memoirist – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Elissa Altman Permission and the New Memoirist July 3 to July 8, 2022 Tuition: $800.00 Workshop: 9 AM - 12 PM Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
Register for this Workshop

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 memoirist to move beyond the constraints of fear to a place of creative clarity. Come with a willingness to unravel process and permission, and an acknowledgement that the impulse to tell one’s story must be honored.

Please submit 10 pages of your memoir-in-progress to ssiegel@dev.fawc.org by June 19. Bring copies to class, the number of copies needed will be announced two weeks prior.


Elissa Altman is the James Beard Award-winning author of three memoirs: Motherland, Treyf, and Poor Man's Feast. Her work has appeared in LitHub, Orion, Narrative, The Rumpus, On Being, The Washington Post, and beyond, and has been widely anthologized. She has appeared live on the TEDx stage, at the Public Theater in New York with Wallace Shawn, regularly on NPR, and in 2020 was a finalist in memoir for the Lambda and Maine Literary Awards. She lives in Connecticut.