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Principle and Passion:
The Transformative Power of Story
a fiction workshop 
with Melissa Pritchard

Class Description

Along with a knowledge of principles of craft, the cultivation of passion, inspiration and emotional courage is essential to writing—and revising—powerful stories. Art transforms, and a powerful story can heal both writer and reader. The most enduring stories possess a kind of uncreeded theology, a sacredness.

What Others are Saying

“Melissa Pritchard polishes the strange and makes it shine.” 
—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, The Recovering, and Make It Scream, Make it Burn

“Melissa Pritchard has her GPS set to find the how it is—out there and in the heart.”
—Sven Birkerts, editor of Angi and author of The Gutenberg Elegies and Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

“Melissa Pritchard is one of our finest writers.”
—Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm

Melissa-Pritchard-photo-by-Jillian-Robinson

Fiction writer, essayist and humanitarian journalist, Melissa Pritchard is the fiction editor for Image and the author of nine books of fiction, an essay collection, and a biography. Recipient of numerous awards including the Flannery O’Connor and Carl Sandburg Awards, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Barnes and Noble “Discover” Prize, an NEA, three Pushcart and two O.Henry Prizes, her award-winning stories have appeared in over seventy journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, A Public Space, STORY and Agni. Her nonfiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Wilson Quarterly, The Nation, The Gettysburg Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Melissa’s essay collection, A Solemn Pleasure, was an Amazon Bestseller, a Poets and Writers “Best Books For Writers” and a Lit Hub’s “Best Book about Books” selection.

Founder of the Ashton Goodman Fund through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Melissa has traveled to Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Thailand and India. She has received fellowships from the Howard Foundation at Brown University, the Hawthornden Foundation, Scotland, the Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation, Switzerland, the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy and was, most recently, a fellow at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus. Professor Emerita at Arizona State University, where she received awards for her teaching and humanitarian work, She teaches Art and Transformation through the Wisdom School at Ubiquity University in California and Chartres, France. Her work, recently anthologized in Hingsten and Olson’s fifth annual, 2019 Short Story Advent Calendar, also includes fiction by Anthony Doerr, Lauren Groff, Jack Pendarvis and others. Melissa’s fifth novel will be published in early 2021.

+ Read: Art as a Form of Active Prayer and What Writers Really Labor For

+ Watch: An interview and reading at Troy University  

+ Read: Melissa’s artist profile in Image

+ Read: Melissa’s website

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