Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Jill Bialosky Telling It Slant: Poetry & Memoir Workshop August 21 to August 26, 2016 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available


Emily Dickinson wrote, “Tell all the truth/but tell it slant.” This workshop offers narrative and lyric strategies for digging deeper in poetry and memoir. How does a piece of writing, whether personal essay or poem transform itself from personal experience into artfulness? How can a fictive voice be called upon in a poem and in a memoir piece? Jill Bialosky offers writing prompts and exercises to generate new material and to reshape existing material.

Please bring to class 11 copies of your work, either a memior excerpt or poetry – maximum 15 pages, double-spaced.


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.