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Free Fiction Workshop Will Be Offered During Spring Semester
For release: Oct. 19, 2005
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Aspiring fiction writers can hone their skills this 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; the only criteria are talent and ability.

The workshop will have openings for 10 students. To be considered, writers must each submit a manuscript, no longer than 15 pages, by Jan. 5, 2006. Manuscripts should be sent to: Moss Workshop in Fiction, Attn: Richard Bausch, University of Memphis, Department of English, Room 467 Patterson Hall, Memphis, Tenn., 38152. A submission should include the writer's name, mailing address, daytime phone number and email address.

The three-hour workshop will meet once a week for 14 weeks on the U of M campus beginning the week of Jan. 16. Participants will receive information about the specific day, time and location after their manuscripts have been reviewed.

Richard 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 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, Mr. Field's Daughter, Violence, The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch, In the Night Season, and Hello to the Cannibals.

Bausch'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. Previously professor of English and 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.

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