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Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is a fiction writer, essayist, and educator. She is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times 100 "Notable Books" of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared at, The Rumpus, The New York Times, Salon, The Oregonian, Hunger Mountain, and Fourth Genre. Her awards include The John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, HE Francis Award, all for fiction, and an honorable mention for the Annie Dillard Award for Non Fiction. Natalie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She teaches creative writing at Marylhurst University, and has presented workshops at Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon, and at Chuckanut Writers' Conference in Bellingham, Washington. Currently, Natalie is working on a novel set in Boring, Oregon.

Natalie believes that the practice of writing is two part, the mysterious right brain day dreaming that brings the writer's vision to the page and then the careful left brain rendering, the full and best expression of the writer's story. Natalie's workshops honor the private act of the day dream and thus the work of the group is largely craft focused, exploring the elemental ingredients of fiction, character first, then plot, tone and form. She supports careful listening to the intent of the writer's work, thoughtful criticism and fosters the individual writer's ability and confidence to discern between useful comments and a cacophony of opinions.



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