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Fall 2024 Workshop: September 11 - 18


 2024 Workshop Leader:
Lauren Wolk
Lauren Wolk head shot by Robert Nash.jpg

Lauren Wolk is the author of the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow (2016), its sequel, My Own Lightning (2022), the Scott O’Dell Award-winning Beyond the Bright Sea (2017), and Echo Mountain (2020). Over the past four decades, she has also worked as a writer at the St. Paul American Indian Center, a senior editor with the educational publisher Nelson Canada, a high school English and Creative Writing teacher, Assistant Director at the Cape Cod Writers Center, and, from 2007-2022, Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She has led writing workshops for students of all ages, focusing on evocative settings, character development, dialogue, and the universal languages of the senses and the emotions. Wolk is also a visual artist represented by the Larkin Gallery (Harwich Port and Provincetown, Massachusetts), an arts advocate, and an award-winning poet.

Past Workshop Leaders:


Fall 2023: Bill Roorbach


New York Times Bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker. 


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry (2015 & 2019), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2017). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. 

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Hernan Diaz.


National Book Award winner Julia Glass and Iowa Writers' Worksop instructor Ethan Canin

Jim Shepard will give a reading and Q&A during CIWR's June Session!

Wells Tower (Fall Session) and Margot Livesey (Summer Session) will be the 2017 workshop leaders. Wells Tower is the author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. Margot Livesey is the author of seven novels and is on permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Anna Noyes, author of "Goodnight, Beautiful Women," will give a reading at Cuttyunk Island Writers' Residency 2017 Fall Session 

Emma Cline, New York Times bestselling author of "The Girls," will give a reading at Cuttyunk Island Writers' Residency 2017 Summer Session 

National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philibrick will give a reading and talk during the Fall 2017 Session!

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding will give a reading and talk during our Summer 2017 Session!

Thrilled to announce that string band Lula Wiles will return for our 2017 residency! 

Award-winning chefs Didi Emmons and Odessa Piper will be cooking for the June 2017 session.

From our summer 2016 session:

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Paul Harding: the 2016 workshop leader and writer-in-residence.

Above: Photo by Ekko von Schwichow

Wonderful event on May 14th to fund the Scholarships. See photos on CIWR Facebook page

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