On Urgency: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Through a Queer Lens

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Paul Lisicky
Week 10: August 9 to August 14
ORIENTATION: August 9, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 10-14, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of the WRITING QUEER LIVES series


What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction as a queer person in 2020? What silences do we sense in the archive and in ourselves? How do we tap into our personal urgency to fill up those spaces with imagination? And what does it feel like to be alive right now? We’ll think about all those questions and more, alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closing. We’ll look at your manuscript, and we’ll also look at short examples of published 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 July 17.



Paul Lisicky’s six 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, will be published by Graywolf Press in March 2020.