On Urgency: A Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

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Paul Lisicky
Week 4: June 30 to July 5
ORIENTATION: June 30, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 1-July 5, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.


What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction in 2019? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, power—all that is wrong with the world and all we’d like to make better? How does it feel to be alive right now? We’ll think about those questions alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, focus, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll do this through the lens of your own manuscript while also looking at short examples of outside work. There will be time for exercises. Along the way we’ll work hard and make sure that play and seriousness share the same space.


Please email your manuscript, up to eight pages, 12pt font, double-spaced, to dwalsh@fawc.org by June 14.



Paul Lisicky’s five books include The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, Fence, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Fine Arts Work Center. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn. His sixth book, Later, a memoir about early 1990s Provincetown, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2020.