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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Feb 2016

artifacts / mason scisco


Open a photo album of a family you’ve never met. There is no one to explain to you who these people are. A few pictures have dates, names and locations, but the rest are blank. In one, a man on a tractor tips his hat. In another, a little boy in a diaper cries in front of a cake. In yet another, an aproned woman cooks food over a fire by a lake.

What holds the past together when it disappears? This workshop challenges writers to build stories from found objects, including photographs and newspaper clippings. What we are after is not biography or historical realism, but an understanding that the past can be as great a tool for creative output as our imaginations.

Class consists of instruction and writing exercises. 4 sessions, 1.5 hours each.

Instructor: Mason Scisco’s work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Lit Passages and elsewhere. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He is currently working on a series of short stories. His Instagram is @sciscom

Sundays, Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 3:00-4:30pm

The Bubbler, Central Library

Free with advance registration

For all ages

Maximum enrollment: 20

Registration for this class will be open throughout the duration of the class


Each workshop is free with advance registration. We encourage you to attend all consecutive sessions with the instructor, but it is not mandatory. Registration will open one month before the first session and end one day before the first session. Once each class fills, there will be a short wait list. If you have any questions about signing up for classes, please contact volunteer workshop coordinator, Aaron Fai at aaronfai@gmail.com.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.