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Telling It Slant: Poetry & Memoir Workshop – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Jill Bialosky Telling It Slant: Poetry & Memoir Workshop August 21 to August 26, 2016 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options


Emily Dickinson wrote, “Tell all the truth/but tell it slant.” This workshop offers narrative and lyric strategies for digging deeper in poetry and memoir. How does a piece of writing, whether personal essay or poem transform itself from personal experience into artfulness? How can a fictive voice be called upon in a poem and in a memoir piece? Jill Bialosky offers writing prompts and exercises to generate new material and to reshape existing material.

Please bring to class 11 copies of your work, either a memior excerpt or poetry – maximum 15 pages, double-spaced.


Jill Bialosky is a poet, novelist, memoirist, and New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life (Atria Books, 2017), is a wholly original approach, refracting Bialosky’s life through the prism of poems that have shaped, inspired, and helped her make sense of the world around her. The Washington Post called it “A lovely hybrid that blends [Bialosky’s] coming-of-age story with engaging literary analysis.” Her next book, Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections, will be published by Knopf in August 2020. Her other volumes of poetry are The Players (Knopf, 2015), which the poet Linda Gregerson called, “elegant and generous,” Intruder (Knopf, 2008), Subterranean (Knopf, 2001), a finalist for the James Laughlin Prize, and the acclaimed debut collection The End of Desire (Knopf, 1997), She has written three novels, The Prize (Counterpoint, 2015), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, The Life Room (Harcourt, 2007), and House Under Snow (Harcourt, 2002). History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life (Atria Books, 2011) was a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Book for a Better Life Award and an Ohioana Award. She is also the co-author of an anthology, Wanting a Child (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998) with Helen Schulman. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Oprah Magazine, Paris Review, American Scholar, Kenyon Review and Harvard Review among others. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry. An Executive Editor and Vice President of W. W. Norton & Company, she lives in New York City.