For release: October 7, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills next spring during the Moss Workshop
in Fiction, led by award-winning author Richard Bausch at the University of Memphis.
The free class is exclusively for people who have no connection to the University;
the only other requirement is talent.
The workshop will meet on Mondays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 26 through April 27 in Patterson
Applicants must submit a manuscript of 10-14 pages by Dec. 15. Those selected will
be notified by Jan. 14, 2009.
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.
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 11 novels and seven 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, Thanksgiving Night, and Hello to the Cannibals. Bausch’s most recent novel, Peace, was published last spring by Alfred A. Knopf.
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 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.
For more information on the workshop, contact Jan Coleman at 901-678-4692 or firstname.lastname@example.org