Our goal, first and foremost has been how the Work Center can safely and securely address its mission to serve our community – to inspire and transform, both personally and artistically, in the heart of the historic art community of Provincetown and beyond. We have concluded that for the safety and well-being of all, and in the face of so many uncertainties, there is no choice but to postpone our 2020 Summer Program and gather again in the summer of 2021.

While this is very disappointing, we are very fortunate to tell you that nearly all the faculty have graciously and enthusiastically agreed to help in this way. And for this we are deeply grateful.

We are also pleased to let you know that 24PearlStreet, our online writing program, will continue as planned with expanded workshops and some real time experiences. In fact, a number of our Summer Program faculty members will be teaching their writing classes online as part of 24PearlStreet. As you’ll see, many of our summer courses have been developed around the theme of uncertainty. These workshops aim to help us write because of this moment, not in spite of it. Simply put, we believe that profoundly hopeful and inspiring communities can thrive online.  Click here to view our catalog of online writing classes.

And we will stay connected in other ways too. Watch for future communications about virtual readings, artist talks, performances and events that will be offered online throughout the summer.

We look forward to seeing you all again next summer.


Summer Program Turns 25! 

Join us as we celebrate an extraordinary summer of workshops, exhibitions, and events. Browse our catalog of nearly 100 inspiring classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

The sensationally popular ANNUAL POETRY FESTIVAL expands to two weeks, including keynotes from Terrance Hayes and Major Jackson, and 15 workshops taught by many of our nation’s most inspired and awarded poets. The galvanizing WRITERS & ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS WEEK returns with a keynote by Mahogany L. Browne and special guest lecture by Linda Villarosa. This week dedicated to social activism and radical artmaking includes 9 workshops by writers and artists whose work focuses on social and political issues through the lens of creative action. 

An exciting roster of new visual arts faculty join us to teach drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking workshops. Our acclaimed MASTER PRINTER SERIES continues in the Michael Mazur Print studio, a state-of-the-art facility, and builds on our women printmakers initiative with inspiring new faculty and returning favorites. 

Dive deep into nonfiction and transform real life experiences into art. Join us for MEMOIR & CREATIVE NONFICTION WEEK, an exhilarating intensive featuring a keynote by Gregory Orr and an outstanding faculty of 9 writers and artists teaching workshops in memoir, essay, creative nonfiction, portrait painting, figurative sculpture, printmaking, and graphic memoir.

We are honored to continue our WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS SERIES, with Paula Vogel, Melinda Lopez, and Jonatha Brooke, and to debut our new WRITING QUEER LIVES SERIES with Andrea Lawlor, Paul Lisicky, and T Kira Madden. 

The Work Center will be electric with nightly readings and talks by our distinguished faculty. With 24-hour studio access, you’ll be free to create any time you like. Enjoy daily breakfasts in the lounge, receptions, and our beloved student open studios and readings.

All summer workshops are held on the campus of the Fine Arts Work Center, located in the heart of Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, surrounded by 40 miles of pristine national seashore.  As the nation’s oldest continuous art community, Provincetown’s streets are lined with art galleries, museums, and performing arts spaces providing an array of cultural happenings.

Creativity thrives here.
As we celebrate our 25th birthday, we invite you to give to our scholarship fund (a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated)! 

Kelle Groom                                            Dawn Walsh
Director of Education Programs           Managing Director