In this workshop, which foregrounds intrigue, wonder, and generosity (rather than critique), you'll explore various generative strategies meant to get you writing and thinking in new and innovative ways. By honoring your interests and identifying your own fascinations, obsessions, and preoccupations—as well as those of your fellow participants—you will engage in a rich, surprising, and rewarding classroom experience: one that will inspire you and remind you the value of being curious.
Matthew Vollmer is the author of two short-story collections—Future Missionaries of America and Gateway to Paradise—as well as three collections of essays—inscriptions for headstones, Permanent Exhibit, and This World Is Not Your Home: Essays, Stories, & Reports. He was the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which collects invocations from over 60 acclaimed and emerging authors, and served as co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. His work has appeared in venues such as Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Tin House, Oxford American, The Sun, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and Best American Essays. A winner of an NEA and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he directs the MFA program at Virginia Tech, where he is a Professor of English. His latest book, All of Us Together in the End, was published by Hub City Press in 2023.
Matthew is new to The Porch. Welcome!