Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills this fall during the Moss Workshop
in Fiction, led by award-winning author Richard Bausch at the University of Memphis.
The free class — held one night a week through the semester — is open only to members
of the community.
Applicants must submit a manuscript of 10-14 pages by Aug. 5. Those selected will
be notified shortly thereafter.
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 email address. Contact Writing
Program administrator Jan Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Bausch, the U of M’s Lillian and Morrie A. Moss Chair of Excellence in English, is
a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction for his collection of short stories Something Is Out There. He is the author of 11 novels and eight 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 length motion picture starring Maureen Stapleton and
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mr. Field’s Daughter, Violence, Thanksgiving Night, Hello to the Cannibals and Peace, which won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
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.
About being a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, Bausch said, “It’s humbling and very pleasurable to be among those nominated.
Also, Rebecca Skloot, who was our colleague here for three years, has been nominated.
So, two people with ties to Memphis and to this writing program were nominated this
Skloot, former assistant professor of English, is a finalist for her New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.