Take a Historical Fiction Online Writing Workshop with Me!

Hey, everyone!  Beginning this July, I’ll be teaching an online creative writing workshop with the Eckleburg Workshops.  I’ll be teaching Historical Fiction II: Advanced Techniques.  My O. Henry Prize Story “Good Faith” takes place in the early 20th century, and it hinged on these research/writing techniques I’ll be teaching, including a last-minute race to figure out exactly when the Oxford loafer came to the U.S.

Interested? Sign up! It starts the first Sunday of August, 2015. And please do share this far and wide, friends.  A more detailed description is below, and you can sign up here.


How do you write authentic-sounding historical fiction? Writing in a time before you were born, or even before your grandparents were born, can be a daunting task that leads writers either to flood the reader with extraneous information or leave the setting all but blank. In this four-week workshop, you will complete three new fiction prose pieces or polish one longer story based in one (or several) historical setting(s). We will study how the best writers of historical fiction practice their craft and learn how to incorporate historical research into fiction. We will focus on balancing detail with subtlety, achieving that perfect medium of authenticity. The course will begin on the first Sunday of the month, with lessons due at the end of each week, allowing you to log in at your convenience. Our forum and comment sections will give you access to peer and instructor feedback throughout each week.

O. Henry Prize Stories 2014 Announced

As a follow-up to my last, very exciting announcement: The full table of contents for the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories has been announced.  You can read about the collection in Publishers Weekly (which has the new volume’s cover), the L.A. Times, Publishers Marketplace, and Mediabistro.

Needless to say, I am incredibly honored to be among such good company.

The anthology will be released by Anchor Books on September 9, but you can pre-order it here.  You can also read the story that will be included in the collection, “Good Faith,” in its original publication in the Cincinnati Review, Issue 9.2.

“Good Faith” to be in O. Henry Prize Stories 2014!

I’ve had to sit on this incredibly exciting news for months now, and I can finally share: My story “Good Faith” will be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014!

The full table of contents hasn’t been released yet, so there is no official announcement for me to link you to, but you can go ahead and pre-order the anthology from Random House, due out in September.

There will be more fun things like my thoughts on the story and being included in the anthology, to be released by the PEN/O. Henry folks in the coming months. I will keep you updated.

The story was originally published in The Cincinnati Review, issue 9, volume 2 (Winter 2013), so check them out if you can’t wait for the anthology.

Very excited and very honored.

For those heading off to AWP…

I will not be joining you this year, but it would be lovely if you could visit the tables of the fine journals and magazines that will have issues containing my work, available for purchase:

The Cincinnati Review, Issue 9.2, containing my story “Good Faith”

& Parcel, Issue 2, containing my poem “Badlands”

Enjoy the conference! Get lots of embarrassing material for future confessional nonfiction essays.

parcel cover

“Good Faith” now out in The Cincinnati Review & Friends in Parcel

Received my copy of The Cincinnati Review issue 9.2 (Winter 2013) in the mail yesterday!  Please check out my story “Good Faith,” which appears in this issue; click here to purchase a copy for only $9.

Also, two friends and colleagues of mine at the University of Kansas have work appearing in the Fall 2012 issue of Parcel: Benjamin D. Cartwright and Phillip Garland.  Their office is across the hall from mine! Parcel is a great magazine which gave me my very first publication.  Please check out the Fall 2012 issue here.