Life Stories, Real and Imagined

Richard McCann
August 23 to August 28
9am - 1pm
Tuition Cost: 
Returning Students: 
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 wasn't writing worth a damn."  In this intensive, one-week workshop for prose writers writing from autobiographical experience, we'll work toward the writing of those life stories--whether in fiction, memoir, or personal essay--that seem the hardest and most necessary to tell.

Please bring to the first workshop 12 copies of a 4-page story, whether fiction or nonfiction, drawn from autobiographical sources.




Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction, and Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1933 Capricorn Poetry Award).  He is also the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing:  More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic.  His fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The AtlanticMs.Esquire,  Ploughshares,  Tin House,  the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000.  The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the experience and meanings of illness and mortality through a narrative exploration of his experience as liver transplant recipient.