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Joy Williams

The Short Story and the Shorter Story

Joy Williams, photo by Anne Dalton
Joy Williams, photo by Anne Dalton
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workshop description

A classic short story workshop with deep and helpful reading of the submitted manuscripts. Participants should submit a (preferably new) piece of short fiction to be discussed and critiqued.


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•     Admission to this workshop will be based upon an application including a writing sample of no more than 25 pages (double-spaced). New material is preferable.

•     The cost of the workshop is $550. If you are accepted, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due by December 1.

•     Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Joy Williams

Williams is the author of four short story collections and four novels. The compressed, almost meditative, sections of her most recent collection, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, were written partially as an homage to Thomas Bernhard’s The Voice Imitator. Her first novel, State of Grace, was nominated for a National Book Award and The Quick and the Dead was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A 2001 essay collection, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A thirtieth-anniversary reprint of The Changeling was issued in 2008 with an introduction by novelist Rick Moody.

Williams was the 1999 recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story and the 2016 recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.