Richard McCann, Creative Non-fiction & Fiction

Richard McCann

Bear River 2013

Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, an award-winning collection of linked stories, which novelist Michael Cunningham describes as “almost unbearably beautiful . . . a book so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself.” Mother of Sorrows was chosen by Amazon as one of the 50 Best Books of 2005 and was a Borders Original Voices selection. Richard McCann is also the author of Ghost Letters (Beatrice Hawley Award, Capricorn Poetry Award). His writing appears in magazines and anthologies such as The Atlantic, Esquire, Ms., Best American Essays 2000, and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007. He is a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D. C.
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Workshop: Life Stories

In this workshop, we'll explore the autobiographical origins of our work, whether in nonfiction or fiction, through remembering and story-telling techniques, and we'll attempt to locate the fragmentary raw materials of memory--such as images, settings, and bits of dialogue--that contain the stories that have been granted to us through the experience of our own lives. Come prepared to generate new work and bring along a few old photos of yourself as well as other people and places important to your life.

Richard McCann on the Web