2020 Virtual Writing Workshop Faculty
Dinty W. Moore
Dinty W. Moore was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and, according to his Amazon author page, spent his formative years fishing for bluegill, riding a bike with a banana seat, and dodging the Sisters of St. Joseph. He earned a BA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh, worked briefly as a journalist, and also served short stints as a documentary filmmaker, modern dance performer, zookeeper, and Greenwich Village waiter. It was only after failing at each of these professions that he went on to earn an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University.
Moore is the former director of Ohio University’s BA, MA, and PhD in creative writing programs. He has authored various books of literary nonfiction as well as textbooks and craft guides, most notably Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy (Ten Speed Press, 2015), The Accidental Buddhist (Harmony, 1999), and his memoir, Between Panic and Desire (Bison, 2010), which won the GrubStreet National Book Prize.
Other invaluable works for the writer’s bookshelf include: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction (2012), The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life (Wisdom Press, 2012), Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide to Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (Writer’s Digest Books, 2010), The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir (Penguin Random House, 2017), The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (Pearson, 2007), and many others.
Moore has been published in Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Utne Reader, Salon, Okey-Panky, the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, Moore has guest taught creative nonfiction seminars across the United States and in Europe. He is the founder and editor of influential internet journal, Brevity (brevitymag.com), on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine, and is a frequent speaker and teacher at writers’ conferences.
“Between Panic and Desire is more autopsy than memoir—a strange new hybrid. It’s a fantasy of letting go of the things that have haunted Moore his entire life. These things do, in fact, float off the pages.”— Los Angeles Times
“This book is funny, funny, funny. It is an unconventional—some might say, experimental—collection of frolicsome and touching personal essays. . . . [T]he book is a rare example of how unusual form actually helps. It is the ideal display for Dinty’s imagination. He daydreams. He fantasizes. He hallucinates. And this is nonfiction. For anyone who thinks the genre is nothing more than a retelling of facts, pick up a copy of Between Panic and Desire. . . . It is literary nonfiction with integrity. And it’s fun.”— Oxford Town
[In Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals] “Moore presents a guide to writing essays that is both brilliantly instructive and wonderfully entertaining … Highly recommended for writers and anyone who loves to laugh out loud while they read.”— Library Journal
“Advice books for writers are a dime a dozen but Moore provides a fresh approach … [The Mindful Writer is] A compact book of practical and philosophical truths for both novice and veteran writers.”— Publishers Weekly
“[The Story Cure is] a handbook for writers who have encountered artistic ailments such as writer’s block, character anemia, flat plot, and silent voice. Moore’s signature wit and wisdom are once again on display in this useful guide for writers of all levels of experience.”— Poets & Writers
Author website: dintywmoore.com
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Alyson Hagy grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she was awarded a Hopwood Prize in Short Fiction and a Roy Cowden Fellowship. Early stories were published
in Sewanee Review, Crescent Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Hagy taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and the Stonecoast Writers Conference in Maine before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1996.
She is the author of eight works of fiction, including Madonna On Her Back (Stuart Wright, 1986), Hardware River (Poseidon Press, 1991), Keeneland (Simon & Schuster, 2000), Graveyard of the Atlantic (Graywolf Press, 2000), Snow, Ashes (Graywolf Press, 2007), Ghosts of Wyoming (Graywolf Press, 2010), and Boleto (Graywolf Press, 2012).
Her most recent novel Scribe (2018) is described by Graywolf Press as “a haunting, evocative tale about the power of storytelling, drawing on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia” where the author “has crafted a gripping, swiftly plotted novel that touches on pressing issues of our time— migration, pandemic disease, the rise of authoritarianism—and makes a compelling case for the power of stories to both show us the world and transform it.”
Hagy has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize, the High Plains Book Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Award, the Syndicated Fiction Award, and been included in Best American Short Stories. Recent fiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, The Idaho Review, Kenyon Review, INCH, and Michigan Quarterly Review.
Abiding interests include hiking, fishing, cohabitating with Labrador Retrievers, college athletics, and making artist’s books. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
“Alyson Hagy’s Scribe is a lean, hard wolf of a thing. There’s something feral and panting about it. Vicious. It is sour and cruel and vivid, with a long memory and blood in its teeth. It gives nothing away….In the end, Scribe finally feels like an Appalachian fairy tale, pared-down and merciless in its telling. It’s a story that doesn’t stop when you close the covers, but continues growing until the shadow of it is larger than you recall. — Jason Sheehan, NPR Book Reviews
“Scribe, which begins with the baying of hounds and ends with silence, reminds us on every page that humans remain the storytelling animal, and that therein might lie our salvation. . . . In this brave new world, a woman with a pen may prove mightier than a man with a sword.”— The New York Times Book Review
“Good stories teach us how to read them, and the opening pages of Boleto are entertaining, entrancing teachers. . . . Hagy often dazzles with her descriptions of the Wyoming landscape and wildlife. Whether it’s the corral of the Testerman ranch, the rugged passes of the Black Bell Ranch or the depressed outskirts of Anaheim, the settings glimmer with well-chosen metaphors.” — The New York Times Book Review
“In her gift for the language of horses, as in the beauty of her prose, Hagy will inevitably recall Annie Proulx, Kent Haruf and Cormac McCarthy. But she is writing as much about wealth and class, about work and privilege, as about horses and the Western landscape.” — The Washington Post
Author website: alysonhagy.com
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