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Noted Author to Teach Free Fiction Workshop
For release: October 29, 2007
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Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills next spring during the Moss Workshop in Fiction led by award-winning author Richard Bausch. The free workshop at the University of Memphis will be open to anyone in the Memphis area; the only criteria are talent and ability.

The three-hour workshop will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 3 and running through March 6. The location will be determined and announced later.

The workshop has openings for 10 students. To be considered, writers must each submit a fiction manuscript, no longer than 20 pages, by December 20. Those selected will be notified before Christmas. Manuscripts should be sent to Richard Bausch, Department of English, 429 Patterson Hall, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152.  A submission should include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Bausch was born at Fort Benning, Ga., and grew up near Washington, D.C.  He holds a B.A. degree from George Mason University and an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He is the author of nine novels and five collections of short stories, including Take Me Back (which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award), The Last Good Time (which was made into a feature film), Mr. Field’s Daughter, Violence, The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch, In the Night Season and Hello to the Cannibals. Bausch’s most recent novel, Thanksgiving Night, was published last fall by Harper Collins. His next novel, Peace, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April.

The author’s short stories have appeared in several prize-winning anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, O. Henry, and Pushcart. Awards he has received include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Formerly professor of English and holder of the Heritage Chair of Creative Writing at George Mason University, Bausch now holds the Lillian and Morrie A. Moss Chair of Excellence in English at the U of M.

More information on the workshop is available by phone from Jan Coleman at 901-678-4692 via email at creativewriting@memphis.edu.

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