The Obstacle Course: Memoir and Creative Non-fiction

The Obstacle Course: Memoir and Creative Non-fiction

Marcie Hershman
Week 7: July 23 to July 28
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 1 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

What we already do well isn’t the issue, of course. What challenges us, what infuriates us, what shushes us, what speeds past us, tugging focus away from our next sentence or our next page, is—oh yes--precisely where we want to re-engage. The obstacles to writing are many, from the externals of time and place to those more internal: politeness, worries about craft, fear of rejection, and above all the wily adaptability of self-censure. This generative workshop involves a series of hurdles for us to take on together via daily exercises and prompts. We will have plenty to do and discuss, and much to champion. Our week is dedicated to finding new creative strategies to help each writer get over, around, through—so that when we return home to the page we are stronger and, happily, more resilient for it.

Please bring three copies of two different short essays or excerpts of your prose, typed, double-spaced, each with a range of 500 to 900 words, maximum.  One selection should be something that pleases you in the full sum of its parts, and the other?  Intriguing, yet unsettled.  Please also bring: paper, pens, and notebook, as we’ll be writing each day. 


MARCIE HERSHMAN is the author of the novels Tales of the Master Race and Safe in America, and the memoir, Speak to Me: Grief, Love and What Endures. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Ms., Tikkun, Women’s Review of Books, Ploughshares, Agni--and on NPR.  Anthologies include The Norton Anthology of Women’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Amazon Poetry, American Fiction, Wrestling with the Angel: Jewish Meditations on Death and Dying. Among her grants and awards are those from the Bunting Institute/Harvard University, LLWinship/Boston Globe Foundation, St Botolph Foundation, Yaddo, McDowell. She teaches at Tufts University and leads a private writing group in Boston.