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The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Laura van den Berg The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop June 11 to June 16, 2017 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 1pm-4pm Discipline: Fiction OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

In an interview, Steven Millhauser once spoke of “the blazing thing that deserves the name of reality.” In this workshop, each of you will be encouraged to go in search of your own “blazing thing.” In addition, to collective critique on our stories and novel excerpts, the workshop will also offer craft lectures/lessons, discussions of process, and generative exercises, so you depart with new work underway and toward realizing those ambitions. Craft subjects will range form time to mystery to revision, aided by texts from writers including Joy Williams, Helen Oyeyemi, Jhumpa Lahiri, and John Edgar Wideman.

Please email 10-20 double-spaced pages of either a short story or novel excerpt to dwalsh@dev.fawc.org by May 27.


Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and named a Best Book of 2018 by over a dozen publications. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her next collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, will be published by FSG in July. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida, with her husband and dog.