Dust off the manuscripts — novelist Richard Bausch offers free creative writing workshop

Aspiring fiction writers may be one step closer to their dreams as Chapman University launches a new free writing workshop taught by renowned novelist and short-story writer
Richard Bausch
, who joined the Chapman creative writing faculty this fall.


Professor Richard Bausch will lead a creative writing workshop for select writers from the community.

Open to anyone in the community who is not connected to Chapman University – people of all ages and all educational backgrounds – the Chapman University Creative Writing Workshop is taking applications now. Applicants should submit a manuscript of no more than 20 pages by Jan. 25, 2013, and Bausch will personally read all submissions and select the participants for the 2013 workshop. The free workshop will commence meeting with Bausch once a week on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the evening, and will take place each Tuesday evening thereafter for 14 weeks.

The workshop is open only to members of the community (not to students at Chapman, who already have many opportunities to take writing classes, or Chapman faculty or administrators), said Bausch.

“We don’t put any other limitations on applicants, either by age or by background.  Who can tell where the next good writer will come from? A selected participant could be a high school student, unemployed, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a custodian or restaurant worker, a retired person, a truck driver.  Frankly, the more diversity in the class, the better. We encourage everyone to apply – so dust off that manuscript you’ve been working on, or write a new one and submit it,” he said.

Submissions may be from one to 20 pages.   All submissions must be fiction (nonfiction and other forms will not be considered).  Submissions need not be complete stories, but should represent what you consider to be a good sample of your fiction writing.  All forms of fiction are welcome.

Manuscripts should be sent by snail mail to Richard Bausch, Chapman University Creative Writing Workshop, Department of English, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, or via email to bausch@chapman.edu.

Emailed manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents or as editable PDFs.   All submissions must include the writer’s name, mailing address, phone number and email address.  Applicants should reside within driving distance of Chapman University, as the weekly classes will be conducted on the Chapman campus.  The selected applicants will be contacted shortly after January 25.

Contact Professor Bausch for more details, or visit the Chapman Creative Writing Workshop website at

An acknowledged master of both the novel and short-story form, Bausch has seen his work published in
The New Yorker
The Atlantic Monthly
, and
The Southern Review
, among many others, and anthologized in
New Stories from the South
The Best American Short Stories
O. Henry Prize Stories
The Pushcart Prize Stories
The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story
The Granta Book of the American Short Story
and more.  He is the author of 11 novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels
Rebel Powers
In The Night Season
Hello to the Cannibals
Thanksgiving Night
, and the story collections
The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch
The Fireman’s Wife
Wives and Lovers
Something Is Out There
.   His novel
The Last Good Time
was made into a feature-length motion picture in 1995, directed by Bob Balaban and starring Armin Meuhler-Stahl and Maureen Stapleton.  Bausch has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.  He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and since 2002 has been the sole editor of the prestigious Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.

Prior to joining the Chapman faculty this year,
taught creative writing on the faculties of George Mason University and the University of Memphis, where he also launched highly successful versions of his free Creative Writing Workshop.

Dawn Bonker

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