Swimming in the Gene Pool: Family, Fact & Fiction

Swimming in the Gene Pool: Family, Fact & Fiction

Julia Glass
Week 10: August 13 to August 18
Time: 9am-1pm
Tuition: $725
Discipline: Fiction, Non-Fiction/Memoir
Registration Open
Workshop Full: Waiting List may be available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

This workshop is for anyone writing stories, whether “true” or invented (or both), about family, especially your own. Whether you are crafting a personal essay or short story, a memoir or multigenerational saga, to write about family is to write about the essential loyalties, rivalries, pathologies, and mythologies that have shaped your moral and emotional choices from the crib—and that, on a global scale, influence cultural and political relationships, too. This is also the perfect workshop for anyone struggling with the decision whether to use personal material as the foundation for memoir or fiction. You will receive one another’s workshop submissions in advance of our first meeting, allowing time to read them all beforehand. Expect homework exercises and rigorous revision.

Please submit, to dwalsh@fawc.org, a single short story or essay, or the beginning ONLY of a book-length memoir or novel (20 pages maximum, double-spaced, 12-point type) no later than July 23. Specify on the first page if the work is a stand-alone piece or the beginning of something longer. 

Please also bring with you a photocopy of the first page from a favorite work of fiction or nonfiction focusing on family, with an alternate choice in case of duplication.


JULIA GLASS is the author of the novels A House Among the TreesAnd the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her personal essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning, and in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. She is a cofounder of the arts festival Twenty Summers, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. Julia lives with her family on the North Shore of Massachusetts.