Lise’s writing workshops can last anywhere from 40 minutes to a full semester. She teaches at universities, writing conferences, and in the yoga studio across the street from her house. Her willingness to combine teaching and travel has landed her in Tokyo, Paris, and Pittsburgh, among other popular global destinations. Often, participants will report that as a result of Lise’s workshop, their heads have exploded.
2018 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference
May 24-26, 2018 | Pittsburgh, PA

Offers almost twenty distinct 75-minute sessions led by professional journalists, authors, editors, and down-to-earth teachers. Wherever you are in your writing project or career, there are sessions that can help you learn new skills, think about challenges in a new way, re-energize your craft, and tell your story, better. Customize your schedule, meet one-on-one with an agent, and/or have your manuscript reviewed by one of our professional writing instructors, while spending two+ days surrounded by 150+ other highly motivated memoirists, lyrical essayists, longform journalists, and others.
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Panel: How to Hit the Ground Running: Strategies for Building Better Workshops
AWP 2018 Annual Conference & Bookfair
Tampa, FL, March 7 – 10, 2018
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? Four creative writing instructors from universities and community-based programs (Lise Funderburg, Jessica Handler, Paul Lisicky, and Angelique Stevens) share strategies for organically building trust and accountability through exercises, readings and the development of a shared critiquing language.

The Paris Writers’ Workshop (PWW) celebrates its 29th session this June. Award-winning faculty, master classes, panel discussions, and social events. With the support of WICE, the Paris Writers’ Workshop has established a strong international reputation for the quality of its instruction, the caliber of its faculty, and the success of its workshop participants.

Early Bird Discount: 50€ off for those who register before April 30. Register here.

If this is your first time at PWW, here are tips about getting the most out of the week and manuscript submission details.

PWW Master Classes

PWW Panel Discussions

  • Navigating Today’s Publishing Environment – Topics to include: streamlining the submission process; marketing and the author’s platform and alternative publishing.
  • Ethics and the Writer – Topics to include: writing about others; writing about the other; cultural appropriation and writing about (or ignoring) politics.
  • The Personal Side of Writing – Topics to include: age and the writer; balancing family and writing; balancing the day job (or commercial writing) and creative writing.




“Lise’s Write Your Life workshop provided participants with the right amount of structure, guidance and freedom so that we were able to experiment with seemingly simple prompts and create fun, yet meaningful short pieces of writing.  The mood and energy in the room was a nice combination of playfulness, love, kindness and care which made the afternoon a treat and delight.” —Teresa D.

“Lise changed me as a writer, nothing less — such a gifted, insightful teacher/mentor. She engages students of all levels in the literary potential of life experience, the deeper story within us. And her ability to dive right into the interiors of the work — the struggle to express the truth, the humor and the discovery, without guise — is profound. I went to school to study fiction and, in my PAA workshop with Lise, embraced CNF. I’m forever grateful.”—Stacey R.

“Lise is an amazing teacher – patient, constructive and kind. She always had honest and helpful feedback to help me strengthen my voice. In a workshop of diverse backgrounds and personalities, she genuinely cared about each of our stories and gave us the courage to be brave in our writing. I cannot recommend a better workshop than Lise’s! ” —Yeong W.

“I wish I had taken Professor Funderburg’s UPenn class sooner, because it had such a positive impact on the quality of my writing!  Through weeks of analysis of well-chosen readings, as well as extensive in-class workshopping and free-writing, my peers and I successfully made our writing stronger, clearer, and more interesting to read.  I found her timed free-writing exercises to be particularly useful because they helped shake the feelings of “writer’s block” and gave me some much-needed confidence in my writing abilities (it’s incredible what you can come up with in just ten minutes!).  Professor Funderburg is warm, funny, and an incredibly gifted writer herself, making it easy to receive her critiques and use them to improve my work.  I only wish I could have taken her class more than once!”—Gen B.

“Lise’s workshop opened the door for me to connect with myself in a new way. Her skill of recognizing and supporting the unique facets of each person’s contributions made for a safe workshop, no matter what level of experience we came in with. The supplemental essays she provided guided me after the workshop to keep my spark of curiosity going about who my own character was and how I might begin putting that down on the page. Thank you for this, Lise!” —Anne J.

“Lise helped me find my voice when I dove into writing to process some difficult and painful life experiences. She patiently walked me through early drafts that read more like diary entries than memoir, and through her wise counsel, I found a road map to give voice to my experience and rediscover the joy of writing. She remains a friend, a mentor, and just about the funniest person I know.”—Powell B.

“Lise knows what it takes to be a successful writer. Her deep knowledge of the industry makes her an invaluable resource. In the 3 months since I began my post-college journalism career, I’ve already relied heavily on the skills I honed in her workshops.  I’m thankful for the leg up her lessons have given me in regards to producing my best work and getting published regularly.  I strongly recommend studying under Lise to anyone preparing to become a professional writer.” —Corey S-W.

“I finally took Lise’s Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop this past Spring. I have been waiting for an opportunity to take a class with Lise after reading Pig Candy and Black, White, Other . Lise kept the her workshop light, fun and witty and allowed me to explore difficult topics with an openness that I have never felt when writing. She is a such a talented writer and teacher, and above all a phenomenal person. I am glad Lise Funderburg is able offer her talents and experience to aspiring writers like me through her workshops.” —Ebo N.

“Professor Funderburg’s nonfiction writing workshop was one of the best courses I took while at Penn. The class environment was warm and welcoming, which made it easy to write about my life in an honest and candid way. Extremely thorough in-class discussions and meticulous written comments always helped me edit and improve my essays, even when I was out of ideas. With every draft, I made noticeable improvements not only to my assignments but also to my writing craft as a whole. By providing tangible publishing resources and advice, Professor Funderburg also made sure that we would be supported and encouraged in our writing careers even once the class itself was over. I can’t recommend her workshops highly enough! “—Samantha F.

“What sets Lise apart from so many great creative writing teachers is the level of care she puts into editing her student’s work. She’s thorough and constructive, but never takes away from the author’s voice.”—Carolina B.

“I took Prof Funderburg’s Creative Nonfiction class at UPenn through the Quaker Consortium. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Professor Funderburg managed the workshop conversation with ease and humor. She provided detailed and insightful feedback that I still think about today. I wish I could have taken her class more than once.”—Hema S.

“I had never thought myself capable of CNF until I worked with Lise.  She teaches her students how to find the stories in their own experiences, and how to tell those stories with a narrative distance and perspective that I had only ever considered when writing fiction. Her insightful feedback and nuggets of wisdom opened up the way I approach writing in all genres, and her above-and-beyond generosity as a mentor has been invaluable to who I’ve become as a writer.”—Amanda B-S.