For release: April 12, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills this fall during the fifth annual
Moss Workshop in Fiction, led by award-winning author Richard Bausch at the University
of Memphis. The free class is exclusively for people from the surrounding community
who have no connection to the University; the only other requirement is talent.
Beginning the last week of August, the workshop will meet as a seminar in the evenings
through the fall semester. The location will be Patterson Hall on the U of M campus.
Applicants must submit a manuscript of no more than 20 pages by July 20. Manuscripts should be sent to Richard Bausch, Moss Workshop, Department of English,
429 Patterson Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 38152. A submission
should include the writer’s name, phone number and e-mail address. Ten to 12 applicants
will be chosen.
Bausch was born in 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 from the famous University
of Iowa Writers Workshop. He is the author of 11 novels, eight books of stories, and
one volume of poetry and prose. The novels include 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, Thanksgiving Night, and Hello to the Cannibals.
In 2009, Bausch’s novel Peace won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the only international literary peace prize
awarded in the United States.
His latest short story collection, Something Is Out There, has received rave reviews in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, among others.
The author’s short stories have appeared in several prize-winning anthologies, including
Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and Pushcart Prize Stories. 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 University of Memphis.
For more information on the workshop, contact Jan Coleman by phone 901-678-4692 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org