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Award-Winning Author Richard Bausch Will Lead Fall Writing Workshop at the U of M University News
For release: April 12, 2010

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Richard Bausch
Richard Bausch
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
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