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Joy Williams

The Short Story and the Shorter Story

Joy Williams, photo by Jonno Rattman
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workshop description

A classic short story workshop with in-depth reading of submitted manuscripts. Participants should submit a piece of short fiction (preferably new) to be discussed and critiqued. If time allows on the last day, there will be individual mini-conferences.


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•     This is an advanced workshop in short fiction. 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 $600. If you are accepted, a $200 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due by September 30.

•     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

Joy Williams is the author of four short story collections and four novels. The compressed—almost meditative—sections of her most recent work, 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. An essay collection, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A fortieth-anniversary edition of her novel The Changeling was issued in 2018 with an introduction by Karen Russell.

Williams is a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She was recently awarded the Paris Review‘s 2018 Hadada Award for lifetime achievement. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.