Workshop is open to members of the community, who will be selected via manuscript submission


Mary Platt
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Chapman University

Orange County, Calif.
— Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills this spring during the second annual Chapman Creative Writing Workshop led by award-winning author Richard Bausch at Chapman University in Orange. The free class — held one night a week through the 2014 spring semester — is open to members of the local Orange County community who will be selected by Bausch via manuscript submissions.   Bausch is a professor of English and creative writing at Chapman.

Chapman University professor and author Richard Bausch. Photo by Jeb Harris.

Chapman University professor and author Richard Bausch says,”I create characters and put them in trouble and see how they behave. They don’t interest me unless they’re in trouble.”

Applicants must submit a fiction manuscript of no more than 20 pages by Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  (Nonfiction, poetry, etc. will not be considered.)   Bausch will personally read and consider all manuscripts and select 10 participants for the workshop, who will be notified shortly thereafter.  The workshop will commence meeting with Bausch on February 2 and will run for 14 weeks.   All selected applicants must be able to attend the workshop in person each week.  There is no age requirement for applicants – workshop participants have ranged in age from high school students to people in their 80s.

Manuscripts of up to 20 pages should be sent to Richard Bausch, Chapman Creative Writing Workshop, Department of English, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA  92866, or may be submitted online.  Submission should include the writer’s name, phone number and email address.  The submission need not be a complete story, but should be what you consider to be a good sample of your fiction writing. More information and the online submission form are available at
, or contact Professor Bausch at
for more details.

An acknowledged master of the short story form, Richard Bausch’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Narrative, GQ, Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories from the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including in “The Granta Book of the American Short Story” and “The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story.” The Modern Library has published “The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch.” Bausch has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 1995 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999 he signed on as co-editor, with RV Cassill, of “The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.” Since Cassill’s passing in 2002, Bausch is the sole editor of that prestigious anthology.

Bausch is the author of 11 novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels “Rebel Powers,” “Violence,” “Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea,” “In The Night Season,” “Hello To The Cannibals,” “Thanksgiving Night” and “Peace;” and the story collections “Spirits,” “The Fireman’s Wife,” “Rare and Endangered Species,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “The Stories of Richard Bausch,” “Wives and Lovers” and “Something Is Out There.” His novel “The Last Good Time” was made into a feature-length motion picture directed by Bob Balaban.


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