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Unlocking the Story – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Joan Wickersham Unlocking the Story June 21 to June 26, 2020 Tuition: $750 Workshop: 9am-1pm Discipline: Multi-Genre OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options

What is my story and how do I tell it? All writers – no matter how seasoned – grapple with these questions, day after day, project after project. This intensive workshop for fiction and memoir writers will focus on finding the story and telling it in the most frank, fresh, compelling way possible. The class will include both generative writing exercise and workshop discussion. We will look at different techniques used by writers, as well as working from prompts, all with the goal of unlocking the stories that most urgently need to be told. We will also spend time discussing student work. By the end of the week, we each will have found rich new resources to draw upon for future work.

Please bring 11 copies of a piece of fiction or memoir, no longer than 5 double-spaced, 12-point font pages, to the workshop; and please bring a notebook to class along with a few photographs of personal significance.


Joan Wickersham is the author of The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist, and The News from Spain. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in many publications, including The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She writes a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe. Wickersham has taught fiction and memoir at Harvard, Emerson, UMass Boston, and the Bennington Writing Seminars.