Literature • Writer Home Partner: ArtsPath E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 814-265-2042
PJ Piccirillo’s stories and articles have appeared in journals, newspapers, magazines, and as syndicated releases and have won several literary prizes. His novel, Heartwood, was published by Middleton Books.
His residencies, which help participants discover ways of writing stories that work best for them, are rooted in rediscovering why we write fiction and in uncovering some of the infinite places where can start. He often helps the writers create their fictional worlds by building outward, in steps, from simple core ideas they conceive in writing, memory, and discussion prompts. PJ also conducts programs for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council at rural libraries, promoting the value of literary art for cultural and personal insights. PJ returned to fiction after 10 years in marketing communications, writing advertising, promotional, news, and technical copy. He holds a BA in English literature from St. Francis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.
“Writing is an art for which we have tools
to begin at almost any age, in youth or maturity, a way for us
to explore relationships and experience place.
A suggested residency would start by looking at stories to see how fiction
takes on important ideas, things we often can’t see or feel,
and how it makes those ideas palpable though a person’s unique
experiences. We’d find the places our own stories want to
come from to convey the traditions, themes, and characters of
fiction. Through activities, we unleash ideas from memories,
character traits, incidents, or places, mining each
participant’s unique history for story. Then we’d look at
basic structures to give stories form, and I’d share processes
that feed creativity.
Our work would be toward each
participant writing and revising a short story or memoir, or
synopsizing a novel and drafting at least a chapter. We’d
refine to strengthen effect, and I’d share various stages of
my work. While we create strong images and solid characters,
we’ll discover how fiction enriches our lives and illuminates
the places we live in. In all, we’ll help participants
develop their imaginative voices and explore themes that they
discover are important to them, all the while enjoying the
beauty and power of language.”~PJ Piccirillo