F288. How to Hit the Ground Running: Strategies for Building Better Workshops

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writing workshops function best when participants feel engaged, respected, understood, and inspired. But how do you establish this creative culture in the face of time constraints, overcrowding, or the inherent vulnerability of showing one's work to a bunch of strangers? Five creative writing instructors from universities and community-based programs share strategies for organically building trust and accountability through exercises, readings, and the development of a shared critiquing language.


Lise Funderburg is the author of the memoir, Pig Candy, and the oral history, Black, White, Other. She was a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Thurber House, and MacDowell, and she teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania and in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.

Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing Through Grief and Loss, and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared widely, including Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, The Bitter Southerner, Assay magazine, Drunken Boat, and The Chattahoochee Review.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books including The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, and The Burning House. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Angelique Stevens is an associate professor at Monroe Community College where she teaches creative writing and Holocaust literature. Her nonfiction can be found in the Chattahoochee Review, Shark Reef, Cleaver, and a number of anthologies. She is an MFA candidate at Bennington College.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside