Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Jill Bialosky Unleashing the Fictive Voice: A Poetry Workshop August 4 to August 9, 2019 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Poetry OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

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 called upon in a poem? We all know that the most convincing poetry comes from urgent subject matter. How do we take this material and shape it into art. Jill Bialosky will offer writing prompts and exercises to generate new material and to reshape existing material. We will examine select poems that employ these methods as guideposts for transformation.


Jill Bialosky's most recent memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life, was published in 2017. She is the author of four collections of poetry, The Players, Intruder, Subterranean, and The End of Desire; three critically acclaimed novels, The Prize, House Under Snow, and The Life Room; and the New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. She is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology, Wanting A Child. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.