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Instructor: Paul Lisicky
Monday - Wednesday
August 5 - 7
9am - 12:30pm
3 Sessions

Part narrative, part poem, part song: the short prose piece lives on the borders, in the in-between. It talks to fiction in its embodiment of character. Talks to the poem in its fidelity to compression and image. Talks to the essay in its work of idiosyncratic meditation. What does it mean to test a question? We’ll spend our days reading and talking about short forms as a way into wondering about voice, structure, and vision: all the big things. This is primarily a generative class, and alongside our reading (and reading aloud), we’ll work with several prompts, both in and outside of class.


Paul Lisicky’s five books includeThe Narrow Door,Unbuilt Projects,andLawnboy. His work has appeared inTheAtlantic,BuzzFeed,Conjunctions,Fence,The New York Times,Tin House, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, and is the editor ofStoryQuarterly. He lives in Brooklyn. His sixth book,Later, a memoir about Provincetown in the early 1990s, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2020.