Telling it Slant

Telling it Slant

Jill Bialosky
Week 6: July 16 to July 21
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Workshop Full: Waiting List may be available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Tell all the truth/but tell it slant.” This workshop will offer narrative strategies for digging deeper in memoir and personal essay by investigating Dickinson’s dictum.  How does a piece of writing, whether personal essay or memoir transform itself from personal experience into artfulness?  How can a fictive voice be called upon in a memoir piece? We all know that the most convincing writing comes from urgent subject matter. How do we take this material and shape it into art.  Jill Bialosky will offer writing prompts and exercises to generate new material and to reshape existing material. We will examine student writing as well as look at select poems, memoir pieces and personal essays as guideposts for transformation.

Please bring to class 20 pages, double spaced, of the opening of your memoir. And please purchase a copy of Jill Bialosky's History of a Suicide


JILL BIALOSKY is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, as well as four collections of poetry: The PlayersIntruder, Subterranean,and The End of Desire. Bialosky is also the author of the novels The PrizeHouse Under Snow and The Life Room, and she is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is currently Executive Editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.