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Fernanda Eberstadt

Developing Voice: Being and Imagining the Other

Fernanda Eberstadt, photo by Phyllis Rose
Fernanda Eberstadt, photo by Phyllis Rose
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This workshop will focus on helping writers develop a powerful narrative voice that creates momentum and urgency. We will read stories and essays by authors of fiction and creative nonfiction ranging from Truman Capote to Charlie Fox, and students will generate new work in response to creative prompts. In our daily classes, we will practice being strenuous and sensitive readers of one another’s work and, in so doing, strengthen our own. If time permits, students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the instructor.


This workshop is now full. Apply as an alternate via Submittable. We have allocated our financial aid for this class.

  • This is a mixed levels workshop.
  • Please include a brief cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Fernanda Eberstadt graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English language and literature. She has published five novels, including The Furies and Rat, and is the author of a nonfiction book, Little Money Street, about Gypsy musicians in France. Her articles on subjects ranging from the Hebrew Bible to the Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot to Sicilian politics to Andean Baroque churches in Peru have appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and Frieze, among others. A visiting lecturer at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, she is currently working on a book about the body and political prophecy.