2019 Summer Workshops

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Alysia Abbott

Where to Begin: A Memoir Workshop

July 21 to July 26
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
One of the hardest aspects of writing memoir is knowing where your story begins. Some memoirs begin with the meeting of the writers’ parents. Others start at the end of the story. And others begin with a central question posed by a traumatic event....More
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Hanif Abdurraqib

Widening the Personal Narrative in Nonfiction

June 30 to July 5
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week. How can one most effectively see themselves through the lens of a song, or a movie, or a rapidly fading memory? Widening the personal narrative is a way to get writers invested in...More
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Mark Adams

In the Footsteps of Thoreau: A Drawing & Writing Workshop

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.… you might have seen our tracks in the sand, still fresh, and reaching all the way from the Nauset Lights to Race Point, some thirty miles, for at every step we made an impression...More
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Elissa Altman

Telling Your Story: Permission & the New Memoirist

June 30 to July 5
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   The profoundly human compulsion to tell our stories makes us who we are; the act of crafting them into engaging personal narrative elevates them beyond the abstract. But the...More
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Marina Ancona

Radical Printmaking

July 14 to July 19
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series and also our Social Justice Week.    Long considered a mechanism of change, printmaking and the printshop are sites of radical collaboration. My work centers on individual discovery and...More
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David Baker

Lyric Ecology: A Poetry Workshop

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This week’s workshop is about nature poetry.  What is nature?  A tree, a stone, a landscape?  Is the city part of nature?  Is language?  What we do intend when we use natural elements in our poems?  All week we’ll talk about the lyric as we explore...More
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Richard Baker

Text & Image: A Painting Workshop

July 28 to August 2
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   From Egyptian tombs to illuminated manuscripts of the 8th century onward, throughout the Modernist art of the 20th century, and into our contemporary city streets, words and images have combined in...More
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Samiya Bashir

Restorative Poetics: Writing to and Through Our Humanity

July 28 to August 2
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   In this generative-based, poetry-making workshop, we’ll explore the power of poem-making to metabolize aggression out of our bodies through the transmutation of experience, insight, and exchange, to...More
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Jill Bialosky

Unleashing the Fictive Voice: A Poetry Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Emily Dickinson wrote, “Tell all the truth/but tell it slant.” This workshop will offer narrative and fictive strategies to unleash personal experience into artfulness?  How can a fictive voice be...More
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Sophie Cabot Black

Paying Attention (& Remembering to Open the Toolbox: A Poetry Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   In this class we will deepen our individual voices by listening to poems written during our time together and from other sources. By using exercises, deconstruction, and other strategies, you will come...More
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Linda Bond

Drawing the Human Figure: Under & Over

June 23 to June 28
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
In this class we will explore the interaction of structure, design, motion and expression in the human form by observing the inner anatomy of the body, its outer appearance and the relationship of clothing and fabrics to the body's form and movement...More
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Paul Bowen

Drawing Provincetown

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This class will take place along Provincetown's harbor. Be inspired by its wharves and blackened pilings, schools of fish breaking up the surface of the sea, brightly colored boats pulled up onto the beach, sailboats, dories, fishing boats and...More
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Gabrielle Calvocoressi

The Gong Keeps Going: Patience & Transformation in Our Most Challenging Poems

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
What makes you decide to give up on a poem that in your heart you really love and believe in? In this workshop we'll think about how patience and being with feelings of discomfort and "failure" can open the gates to extraordinary poems. We will look...More
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Joseph Cassara

Fiction Workshop

July 7 to July 12
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is designed for students who are at work on a collection of short stories or novel. We will discuss two student pieces per class (either a short story or self-contained novel chapter), in addition to published stories by writers like...More
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Alexander Chee

The Essay is the Problem

July 21 to July 26
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
You’re trying to write about your abuse, but you fear retaliation from your abuser. You want to write a family history, but your family has no records, and no one tells stories even about the living. You’re writing a biographical profile, and their...More
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Andrea Cohen

The Long and the Short of It - Expansion & Distillation: A Poetry Workshop

June 23 to June 28
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
We’ll look at ways to simplify and add complexity to poems. And we’ll explore ways of deepening our poems, and leaving a door open for mystery and surprise. This will include looking at the work of a few poets who do this (effortlessly, it would...More
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Martha Collins

Using White Space: Stanza & Line

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop will focus on ways in which the white space created by stanza and line can be as important as the words it surrounds. Discussion of reading assignments will consider stanzas (couplets, tercets, one-line stanzas, and more), lines (long...More
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Garrard Conley

Using Techniques from Poetry & Fiction In Your Memoir

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Feeling stuck? Some memoirists borrow from other genres when the steam runs out. Some write from another perspective, in another tense, even into another genre. This class will explore, through various memoir excerpts, the ways in which writers have...More
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Kate Daniels

Writing as a Practice of Recovery: A Poetry Workshop

June 23 to June 28
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Why is telling one’s own story such an empowering act? Why is the boiled down, intensely-compacted brevity of poetic utterance so liable to deliver us to the unconscious truths of our imaginations? In this workshop, we will explore the recuperative...More
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Adam Davies

Photographing the Landscape: Explorations in the Outer Cape

June 16 to June 21
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
“Happy are those who see beautiful things in unassuming places where others see nothing. Everything is beautiful, what matters is to know how to interpret it. “ -Camille Pissarro, 1893.   This class offers an opportunity to explore and photograph...More
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Esteban del Valle

Drawing as a Radical Creative Practice

July 14 to July 19
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   As a visual artist, drawing can be one of your most useful tools. The history of drawing is rooted in urgency, in thought formulation and preparation for something larger. However, the process can...More
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Andre Dubus III

Do Not Think, Dream: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

June 23 to June 28
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
If I teach nothing in my writing classes, I teach this: do not outline your novel or novella or short story or essay. Do not think out the plot, the narrative arc, the protagonist’s journey, whatever you want to call it. Instead, try to find the...More
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Jess T. Dugan

The Intimate Portrait

July 14 to July 19
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   Making a photographic portrait is an intimate endeavor, requiring both photographer and subject to work together to create a compelling image. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of...More
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Joanne Dugan

Writing Pictures: A Collaborative Workshop for Photographers & Writers

July 21 to July 26
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This highly collaborative workshop will encourage and inspire you to combine text and photographs to tell your unique stories. We will spend the week making photographs about words and writing words about photographs, using our own work as prompts,...More
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Melissa Febos

Breaking Form: Alchemies in Creative Nonfiction Structure

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   Conventional essay forms offer us familiar containers in which to pour our content. And essays are traditionally driven by content. It is a formula that works. The problem with...More
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Nick Flynn

Poetry as Bewilderment

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Frost once said: Poems are about what you don't mean as well as what you do mean. In our week together I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets...More
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Nick Flynn

Memoir as Bewilderment

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: "Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end." In our week together, I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted out in our...More
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Leigh Fondakowski

Creating Theater from Real Events

June 30 to July 5
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of the Women Playwrights Series and also the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   Do you have an event, current or historical, that you are burning to explore on stage? Leigh Fondakowski teaches a rare intensive on how to...More
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Tessa Fontaine

Writing Your Way to the Spark: A Memoir/Personal Essay Workshop

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   In this generative workshop, we'll focus on translating personal experience and research into effective memoir or personal essay. Through prompts, we'll invigorate both right and...More
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Vievee Francis

The Sky is Falling: Ascendant & Descendent Gestures in the Poem

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Have you ever been asked, “Why don’t you write happy poems”? Or perhaps you have been admonished that your poems are too “dark.” There is a common assumption that the poem should “lift,” “inspire,” or...More
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Gabriel Fried

Revising Poems with the Poetry Editor of Persea Books

July 28 to August 2
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   In this workshop with Persea Books Poetry Editor, Gabriel Fried, spend time with your submitted poems, working to understand (from a book editor's perspective) their ambitions—and the payoffs and...More
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Betsey Garand

Drypoint & Criblé: Scribing & Hammering a Hand-Pulled Print

July 21 to July 26
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.   This course will explore the 15th century non-acid techniques of drypoint and criblé, creating a remarkably broad range of possibilities for a printed image. Drypoint is a direct method of...More
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Carmen Giménez Smith

Revision Praxis: A Poetry Workshop

July 28 to August 2
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Revision is a wildly generative practice for a writer, but it is also idiosyncratic. Many of us resist the process because we’re afraid to hurt our poems or because we don’t know when to walk away,...More
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Julia Glass

Writing from Character: A Fiction Workshop

July 21 to July 26
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
Intermediate/Advanced
Some fiction writers find that their stories germinate from a single visual image, others from a moral imperative, still others from a title or an opening sentence. Many, however, follow the adage “Character is plot.” To put it more precisely,...More
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Robert Henry

Expressive Painting

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
In this workshop, you will work in a relaxed, congenial and cooperative environment where there are no prede­termined rules. You will generate your opportunities and limitations from a will to be expressive, and an exposure to methods, techniques,...More
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Marcie Hershman

Truth & Lies: Alternative Facts at the Barricades of Fiction & Memoir

June 23 to June 28
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
How do you tell a story from your life in a memoir if you can’t recall every fact? Is it better to tell that story as a piece of fiction, reshaping facts as if you hadn’t lived them? There are so many barricades we can put up before we trust...More
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Daniel Heyman

Printing a 30’ Golden Week Banner

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated Golden Week, a week of celebrations in early May when families, temples and imperial palaces hang colorful banners and kites representing different...More
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David Hilliard

The Photograph as Language: The Art of Visual Storytelling

July 7 to July 12
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
Open to All
Explore photography as a universal storytelling language. From its inception the photographic medium has been expected to prove, explain or entertain; its very mechanical nature asks it to be precise. The workshop is designed to challenge your...More
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Mark Adams & Pete Hocking

Cape Cod Landscapes: From the Field to the Studio

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Visual Arts Duet Series.   Two of Provincetown’s favorite artists join us as faculty for a weeklong workshop devoted to drawing and painting the Cape Cod landscape. Mark Adams teaches drawing on Monday & Tuesday;...More
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Pam Houston

There are Many Ways to Sing about the Earth

July 14 to July 19
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
By Application Only
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   I have always tried to write in such a way that makes my reader fall in love with particular places on the earth, in the hopes that one has a harder time destroying that which they love. Now, in...More
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Marie Howe

Eco-Poetry: The Living Web

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This is a generative writing workshop where we will be concentrating on the living web of world around us (whales, sharks, clams, birds, trees, wind, flowers, mosquitoes,  stars, moon, ocean, turtles, ants,  fox…. ). We will wander in the world,...More
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Greg Jackson

Elements of Style: Fiction Workshop

July 21 to July 26
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
While we are generally taught to think about the large-scale properties of stories, the most fundamental aspect of fiction, style, often gets short shrift. How do we want to tell our story and what language suits our purposes best? How do we...More
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Major Jackson

Writing to Imagine Ourselves: A Poetry Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   “I rhyme / to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.” –Seamus Heaney, “Personal Helicon”   So much of writing poetry is a discovery and honoring of the self. When we are attentive and when we...More
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Joel Janowitz

Painting Light: A Watercolor Workshop

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Explore a range of strategies for painting with watercolor. Exercises will include mixing and layering washes, using a full value scale from light and dark, adjusting color, and working wet-in-wet. Students will also be encouraged to playfully...More
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Patty Larkin

Lyric - The Sound of Words: A Songwriting Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   This workshop is for all levels of songwriters who want to delve into lyric writing as a way to expand the colors of their palette. We will use the work of favorite poets and songwriters as templates,...More
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Reif Larsen

Voice Matters: A Fiction Workshop

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
We all know that feeling of encountering a strong narrative voice on the page. We are infected by its singularity, by its seduction, by its ruts and inconsistencies. But what, exactly, are the mechanics of a voice’s authority? As writers, how do we...More
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Ryan Amador & James Lecesne

The Future Perfect Project: A Writing & Performance Workshop for Teens & Young Adults

July 14 to July 19
9am-12pm
Tuition: $500
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   The Future Perfect Project believes that the self-expression of youth is a declaration of a better future for us all. We work with a wide spectrum of non-normative teen-aged youth from around the...More
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Paul Lisicky

On Urgency: A Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
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...More
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Constantine Manos

The Magic Moment

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
You will learn precise techniques for photographing in the public domain unobtrusively at close range – combining people, place, and moment in unique images, each of which is a surprise. The elements of chance, time, place, and personal point of...More
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Fred Marchant

The Call of the Wild: A Poetry Workshop

August 11 to August 16
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
From fish in the sea to birds in the air and all living things in between, the world of the wild has always been a source of poetic inspiration. The wild can also include domesticated animals of all sorts, as well as insects, reptiles, amphibians,...More
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Alexandria (Alex) Marzano-Lesnevich

Such a Character! Writing Family

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Who, reading Mary Karr’s memoirs, could fail to imagine her knife-wielding, smart-talking Texan mother? Who, reading Patricia Lockwood, can forget her father, the Rush Limbaugh-quoting, Arby’s-snarfing, farting priest? When we write memoir or...More
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Gail Mazur

Writing, Reading, Re-Thinking Poems

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
We will spend the week looking at the work of three poets, which will be waiting for you in Provincetown, and looking together at poems by the participants. Often the best and most surprising inspirations for revision and for new poems come from...More
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Richard McCann

Writing from Life: Autobiography & Fiction

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
“The secret to writing, " writes Dorothy Allison, "is that fiction never exceeds the reach of the writer's courage….until I start telling the stories that were hardest for me, writing about exactly the things I was most afraid of and unsure about, I...More
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Jane Mead

Technique & Vision: A Poetry Workshop

August 4 to August 9
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   In our best poems, technique and vision go hand in hand. Often it is vision which puts pressure on technique, forcing us to find new ways to approach the unsayable. However, it is also true that...More
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Andrew Mockler

Collaborate with a Master Printer: Monoprint Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Advanced
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series and also our Poetry Festival.    Artists have always worked with master printers, experienced in their craft, to achieve superlative results. This course offers the chance for a small group of...More
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Ander Monson

No Self But in Objects: An Essay & Memoir Workshop

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   This generative workshop will explore how we reveal ourselves (in fact how we construct our selves) through thinking about, looking at, and playing with sorts of objects that we...More
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John Murillo

Cut, Scratch & Blend: Revision as Remix

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
“Poetry,” writes Yusef Komunyakaa in his essay collection Blue Notes, “is an act of meditation and improvisation. And need is the motor that propels the words down the silent white space.” In this workshop, participants will consider various ...More
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Matthew Olzmann

The Wonders of Distraction: A Poetry Workshop

August 4 to August 9
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   This class will look at moments of distraction, digression, unexpected juxtapositions and idiosyncratic leaps of thought. We’ll examine the ways these shifts in focus can generate surprise and create...More
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Wendy C. Ortiz

Altered States: A Multi-Genre Workshop

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Writers of all genres often contend with writing about experiences that take us out of our bodies or, alternately, deeper into our bodies. We'll read and discuss selected poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that successfully captures the...More
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Gregory Pardlo

Who Cares About Your Personal Story: Finding Meaning in Personal Experiences

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
As writers of the personal essay, we sometimes exclude biographical information that is essential to the essay’s frame. We might do this because we think it is too mundane or uninteresting or shameful. On the other hand, we may share biographical...More
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Jim Peters

The Figure: Realism to Abstraction – Manet to Picasso to Neel to Sillman

June 23 to June 28
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
The painted figure has evolved through the changing modes of painting over the last 150 years. From the realism of Manet to the cubistic fracturing of Picasso and distortions of Schiele, the black lines of Beckmann to the immediacy of Alice Neel and...More
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Carl Phillips

Making Poems from Poetry

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
All poems are made of parts. In this generative workshop, we will look at poems that I provide, examine how they work, how they turn separate parts into unified song. Why do some poems soar off the page, and others don’t? What’s the role of mystery...More
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Three Pillars of Poetry: Sound, Subject, Imagination

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Illuminate the subject in your poems by exploring how the imagination and sound work together. A poem is always about the relationship between its sonic and imaginative parts, as this is what convinces the ear that the subject is not only real but...More
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Ivy Pochoda

The Novel from Beginning to End

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
So you've finished a novel. Or you're finishing a novel. Or you're thinking about starting a novel. No matter where you are in this process this workshop is for you (even if you've taken it before). In our class, we will consider any book,...More
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Jo Hay & Michael Prodanou

Drawing & Painting the Figure I

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Visual Arts Duet Series. Two of Provincetown’s favorite artists join us as faculty for a weeklong workshop devoted to drawing and painting the figure. Michael Prodanou teaches drawing on Monday & Tuesday; Jo Hay...More
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Victoria Redel

Possibilities & Necessities: A Fiction Workshop

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop focuses on possibilities within a work of fiction—what are the possibilities and limitations found in choices of narrative point of view, syntax, time, memory, story structure, sentences, omission, openings, closure, objects, dialogue...More
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Richard Renaldi

Provincetown & the Cape - A Sense of Place: A Photography Workshop

June 23 to June 28
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop focuses on building a series of images around Provincetown and its inhabitants. We will cover the construction of engaging portraits, the figure/ground relationship, the use of creative perspectives and the decisive acuity required for...More
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Martha Rhodes

Revision & Generating - Discovering the New in the Old: A Poetry Workshop

July 21 to July 26
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
The week will be spent focusing on revising work brought in for discussion as well as discovering how revision can serve the poem at hand as well as spawning new, unanticipated poems. So revision, yes. New work, yes. And, throughout the week, I'll...More
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Sarah Ruhl

More Play: A 3-Day Playwriting Workshop

August 18 to August 21
1-4pm
Tuition: $400
Open to All
This workshop is part of the Women Playwrights Series.   A special opportunity to work with MacArthur Fellow, and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl. In this three-day workshop, the first day will be begin with in-class writing exercises...More
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Sarah Schulman

Witness, Express & Represent: A Prose Workshop

July 14 to July 19
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   This is a craft-based workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers on ALL levels: from true beginner to the multiply published, working on witnessing our extraordinary time, expressing the...More
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Nicole Sealey

Seeing is Believing: Drafting the Lasting Image

July 7 to July 12
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
In The Poet’s Companion, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux argue that images should “produce a bit of magic, a reality so real it is ‘like being alive twice.’” As we know, images are closely linked to memory. As poets, after mining our respective...More
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Dani Shapiro

Transforming Chaos into Art: A Workshop in Fiction & Memoir

August 18 to August 23
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
The most helpful writing workshops are ones in which the group acts as a single organism, its sole purpose being to help the piece of work at hand become its best possible self. Memoir, fiction – it’s all storytelling. Whether you’re bringing in...More
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Alan Shapiro

Writing Under the Influence: Creative Imitation

July 28 to August 2
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   This will be a generative class. We’ll read four poets on Monday, and then each day thereafter students will bring to class a poem, in imitation. By the end of the week, I promise you you’ll have four...More
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Alan Shapiro

Writing Under the Influence: Creative Imitation

July 21 to July 26
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
Open to All
This will be a generative class. We’ll read four poets on Monday, and then each day thereafter students will bring to class a poem, in imitation. By the end of the week, I promise you you’ll have four of the best poems you’ve ever written and a set...More
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Brenda Shaughnessy

A Poetry Workshop: Why Are We Poets?

July 28 to August 2
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Lucille Clifton said: “In every room you enter, someone is going through something unbearable.” To bear our burdens alone is, in itself, unbearable. We are poets because we believe in listening, to...More
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Susanna Sonnenberg

Fighting the Ego: How to Get Real in Memoir

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   In a confidential environment the workshop will focus on unmasking the many selves that keep us from putting the truth on the page. Through in-class prompts and daily assignments...More
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James Everett Stanley

Faces: A Portrait Painting Workshop

June 30 to July 5
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Week.   Portraiture is the great abiding tradition of painting. In mastering the direct human gaze, an artist is able to distill and illuminate what might otherwise remain unarticulated:...More
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Paul Stopforth

Discovering Drawing

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Drawing has always been an essential component in the lives of working artists, and the significance of this fact has become increasingly apparent in contemporary art practice. Regardless of experience or levels of skill, drawing connects all of us...More
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James Stroud

Jump Start Etching: Photoetching on Copper

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Advanced
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.   Students will get far into the development of an etching by transferring images drawn on clear films onto copper plate coated with a photosensitive resist. The instructor will bring the plates...More
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Rob Swainston

From Photoshop to Multi-Block

June 23 to June 28
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.   Photoshop is a powerful tool for printmakers working with multi-plate images:  Students will learn how to manipulate their own imagery (photo/drawing/painting) or appropriated imagery in...More
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Lili Taylor

Finding the Truth of Your Characters

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of the Women Playwrights Series.   Develop your play or solo show with award-winning stage and film actor Lili Taylor, who is currently working on her solo show. In this generative workshop, we will discuss character and story...More
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Craig Morgan Teicher

Poetry as Conversation: A Workshop

July 28 to August 2
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   Poetry is a conversation we have with ourselves by having it in front of others. With this idea in mind, this class will utilize daily generative writing exercises, class discussion of exemplary work...More
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Vicky Tomayko

Silkscreen Printmaking

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.   In this screen printing workshop we will investigate a variety of approaches for printing original silkscreen images. Techniques include hand-cut stencils, direct drawing and painting, and photo-...More
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Yvette Drury Dubinsky & Vicky Tomayko

Collaborative Printing & Alternative Process Photography

June 16 to June 21
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series and also our Visual Arts Duet Series.    Working with someone else can lead to innovation and surprise. Experiment with a variety of printmaking methods to make one of a kind works. In this workshop...More
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Justin Torres

Advanced Fiction Workshop

August 11 to August 16
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Advanced
This course is for students who are already at work on a longer project—be that a short story collection, a novel, or some poetic hybrid of genres—and are looking for critical feedback. The workshop will be intensive; we will look at two student...More
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Brian Turner

Our Voices Around the Globe: A Poetry Workshop

July 14 to July 19
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   Governments often fail to speak to other governments—save through the exercise of power in its various guises. I believe it is crucial that artists create a human connection with those who share...More
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Laura van den Berg

The Blazing Thing: A Fiction Workshop

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
In an interview, Stephen Millhauser once spoke of “the blazing thing that deserves the name of reality.” In this workshop, each of you will be encouraged to go in search of your own “blazing thing.” In addition to workshop critique, the class will...More
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Joan Wickersham

Unlocking the Story

June 16 to June 21
9am-1pm
Tuition: $750
Open to All
What is my story and how do I tell it? All writers – no matter how seasoned – grapple with these questions, day after day, project after project. This intensive workshop for fiction and memoir writers will focus on finding the story and telling it...More
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Larry Collins & Forrest Williams

Drawing & Painting the Figure II

July 21 to July 26
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Visual Arts Duet Series. Two of Provincetown’s favorite artists join us as faculty for a weeklong workshop devoted to drawing and painting the figure. Larry Collins teaches drawing on Monday & Tuesday; Forrest...More
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Marion Winik

The Craft of Nonfiction

August 11 to August 16
1-4pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop offers an opportunity for creative nonfiction writers (memoirists and personal essayists) to get feedback on existing work, start new pieces and plan revisions. The first part of the week will be devoted to workshop-style discussion of...More
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Bert Yarborough

Mixed-Media Printmaking

July 7 to July 12
9am-Noon
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.   The directness and immediacy of monotype printing is an excellent vehicle for artists desiring to expand the possibilities of image making.  Participants will be introduced to a variety of...More
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Bert Yarborough

Open Print

June 30 to July 5
24 hr access
Tuition: $450
Open to All
During this week, space will be opened in the print shop for experienced printers who have previously attended printmaking classes at the Fine Arts Work Center. Students work on their own independent projects and will have 24-hour access to the...More
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Paul Yoon

Structure and Movement: A Fiction Workshop

June 9 to June 14
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
Fiction writing is architectural. Among other things, we'll focus on how best to assemble your workshop piece; how to lift and develop the narrative at the right times and to perhaps pull back and give it more breath and space at other times....More
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Monica Youn

The Poet’s Toolkit

July 28 to August 2
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Intermediate/Advanced
This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.   This is an intermediate level workshop designed to push poets out of their “comfort zones” – to disrupt default modes and ingrained habits. Students will engage in structured discussion of each others...More
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Javier Zamora

Engagement in Poetry/Engaged Poetry

July 14 to July 19
9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Open to All
This workshop is part of our Social Justice Week.   What keeps us engaged? What drives us down the page to the end of the poem? We will explore “speed” or “momentum,” by analyzing poems that keep our attention. But also, we will explore how as...More