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MASTER CLASS: Nonfiction with Paul Lisicky

April 25 @ 9:00 am - April 29 @ 12:00 pm

By application only for advanced writers of memoir and creative nonfiction



Class Description:

What does it mean to write creative nonfiction and memoir in 2022? How to write out of our personal urgency while also asking questions about community, survival, isolation, and power—all that is wrong with the world and all we’d like to make better? How does it feel to be alive right now? We’ll think about those questions, and more. alongside all the matters of craft: voice, structure, focus, aboutness, sonics, description, polarity, openings, closings. We’ll look at some excerpts of outside work, but your writing will be our primary text. There will be time for exercises. Along the way we’ll work hard, take care of each other, and make sure that joy and seriousness share the same space.

Application Details

  • This master class is by application only via Submittable.
  • There is a $10 non-refundable application fee.
  • Applications are accepted December 1 to February 15.
  • To be considered for the class, please submit up to 10 pages of memoir/nonfiction along with a goal statement for the class. Please click the button below to submit your work via Submittable.
  • Applicants will be notified by March 1 of their status.

Class Details

  • The class will be held in-person Monday through Friday, April 25 – 29, 9 am – noon, at Write On, 4210 Juddville Road, Fish Creek.
  • Class size is limited to 12 participants.
  • Write On will adhere to current public health guidelines regarding health and safety of all participants.
  • Individual brief consultations with Paul will be scheduled during the week.
  • The week includes a reading with Paul and some social opportunities.
  • Tuition for the master class is $700. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member and save, please click here.
  • Housing/meals Participants are responsible for securing their own housing and meals for the week.  For a listing of accommodations, please visit Destination Door County.

About Paul Lisicky:


Paul Lisicky is the author of six books, including Later: My Life at the Edge of the World (an NPR Best Book of 2020), The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Randy Shilts Award), Unbuilt ProjectsThe Burning HouseFamous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The AtlanticConjunctionsThe Cut, FenceThe New York TimesPloughshares, and elsewhere.

His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundations, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He has taught at Cornell University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, The University of Texas at Austin, and elsewhere. He currently is the director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is an Associate Professor, and editor of the magazine StoryQuarterly. He lives in Brooklyn. He recently completed his next book, The Inner Anton of Me.


April 25 @ 9:00 am
April 29 @ 12:00 pm
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Write On, Door County
4210 Juddville Rd
Fish Creek, WI 54212 United States
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