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Where the Personal Meets the Political (and always has): A Generative Workshop – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Pam Houston Where the Personal Meets the Political (and always has): A Generative Workshop July 12 to July 17, 2020 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options

This workshop is part of SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK

It is easy, in these terrifying times to find oneself asking the question, do stories of my personal traumas and triumphs even matter anymore, and the answer is, a resounding yes. In this generative class we will use the tools of prose craft (point of view, dialogue, structure and form) to get our stories started. Then we will investigate how each beginning intersects with the values the current administration is destroying: clean air and water, climate catastrophe response, LGBTQIA+ rights, feminism, the fact that immigrants make our country great. We will talk about leaning into the political nature of our work in whatever genre we are working. We will talk about all the things it might mean to help.


Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place co authored with Amy Irvine. She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth.