Writing from Experience

Writing from Experience

Stephen Elliott
Week 11: August 20 to August 25
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 4 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

Your experiences, and how you process them, are what make you unique as an individual. They are also the most valuable things we can offer readers. This is a one-week workshop where we'll focus on in-class writing exercises and critiquing each other's work. We’ll talk about writing from experience in creative non-fiction and how to use our lives as jumping off points and framing devices for the stories we tell about ourselves and others. We’ll also talk about the dangers of writing from experience and overcoming the blocks set in place (often unnecessarily) by our fears of exposure. We’ll look at strategies for getting past those fears and for dealing with friends and relatives whose memories might be different from our own. Finally, we’ll focus on unlocking our lives and the joy and value of integrating the worlds we know with the worlds we create.

Please e-mail one piece of writing, ten pages maximum to dwalsh@fawc.org by August 1.


STEPHEN ELLIOTT is the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. His writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, The BelieverGQ, Best American Non-Required Reading (2005 and 2007), Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He is also the founding editor of the popular online literary magazine The Rumpus.