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Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund's novel After the Parade (Scribner, 2015) is shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is a Barnes and Noble Discover pick. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Scribner will reissue the collection in early 2016. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Most recently, her stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA and the Kenyon Review.

Lori has spent 20+ years teaching, everything from ESL and remedial English to business speaking and fiction writing. From 2010-12, she was the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill. She's also taught for USF's MFA program and for the University of New Orleans' MFA program (online) and is the spring 2016 visiting writer at the University of New Mexico.

Lori's main goal is to help writers see what they can't always see because they are too close to the work: most people have the ability to find their own solutions, but they often need some help seeing the problem. This workshop will bring together her love of teaching with her love of the short story.