Writing Program Hosts Fourth Annual Writing Workshop

Posted: December 9, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

George Mason’s nationally ranked Graduate Creative Writing Program is offering a free fiction-writing workshop for the community for the third year in a row. Called the Heritage Writing Workshop, this 14-week class begins Monday, Jan. 27, and coincides with the spring semester 2003 schedule. Entry into the workshop is by manuscript approval.

The workshop is taught by novelist Richard Bausch, who holds the university’s Heritage Chair in Writing and created the workshop series. Bausch is the author of nine novels and five short story collections, including his most recent book, Hello to the Cannibals. Individually his stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic magazines and been collected in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and O’Henry Prize Stories, among others. Bausch, who was twice a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.

“We’ve always had people in the community who were interested in developing their skills as writers in general and as creators of fiction in particular,” says Bausch. “Our classes in the writing program are always open to people from the community through the Extended Studies program, but we can’t come close to meeting all the demand that seems to be out there. We thought this would be a good way of trying to do that. And we wanted it to be free so anyone who has the talent can work toward developing that talent.”

Those interested in taking the workshop should submit a manuscript to Barbara Gomperts at the English Department, MS 3E4. Manuscripts should be a complete short story written in the style of literary fiction. No genre fiction will be accepted. The deadline for manuscripts is Friday, Jan. 10, 2003.

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