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Kenyon Review Writers Workshop 2010

June 19-26, 2010, Gambier Ohio

(home of Kenyon College, one of the top ten most beautiful campuses in the world.)

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Ready for the writing time of your life? Need a chance to get away and just write? Full details here.

Writers Workshop classroom

Workshops are held for three hours each morning, focusing on writing exercises, reading and critiquing work, and talking about writing technique. The afternoons allow private time for reading and writing. Evenings are spent with public readings from instructors, visiting writers, and workshop participants.

Whether you’ve been writing for years, recently graduated from an MFA program, or have just now decided to take the leap out of your private notebooks and into a classroom, you’ll find a workshop here that will challenge you.

Workshop Leaders


David Baker

Among DAVID BAKER’s twelve books are Never-Ending Birds (poems, 2009,W.W. Norton), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (essays, edited with Ann Townsend, 2007, Graywolf Press), Midwest Eclogue (poems, 2005, W. W. Norton), Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2005, Arc Publications, UK), Changeable Thunder (poems, 2001, University of Arkansas Press), and Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (criticism, 2000, Arkansas). For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. He currently serves as Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing. He is the poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.

Linda GregersonLINDA GREGERSON‘s most recent book, Magnetic North, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. She is also the author of Fire in the Conservatory (1982), The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996), and Waterborne (2002), as well as two volumes of criticism. Her essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in many journals and anthologies. The recipient of grants and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, the Kingsley Tufts endowment, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Humanities Center, Gregerson is currently the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Literary Nonfiction

Rebecca McClanahan

REBECCA McCLANAHAN is the author of nine books, most recently Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007 (Iris Press) and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings (University of Georgia Press), which won the Glasgow Prize in Nonfiction, and Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively (Writer’s Digest Books). Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Seventeen, and numerous literary magazines and anthologies throughout the country. McClanahan has received a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry magazine, and the Carter prize for the essay from Shenandoah. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2001, The Best American Poetry 1998, and has been aired on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” “The Sound of Writing,” and “Living on Earth.”

Dinty W. MooreDINTY W. MOORE’s memoir Between Panic & Desire (University of Nebraska) was winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. His other books include The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes, and the writing guide, The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Moore has published essays and stories in Southern Review, Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.


Ron Carlson

RON CARLSON is the author of numerous books of fiction, including most recently The Signal (Viking, 2009), Five Skies (Viking, 2007) his selected stories A Kind of Flying (W.W. Norton 2003), the novel The Speed of Light (HarperCollins 2003), and the story collection At the Jim Bridger (Picador paperback 2003). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Epoch, The North American Review, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.

Tara IsonTARA ISON‘s first novel, A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), was a Finalist for the 1997 Los Angeles Times Book Awards, “Best First Fiction.” Her second novel, The List (Scribner), was published in 2007. Her short fiction, essays and book reviews have appeared in many journals including Tin House, The Kenyon Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the movie Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as Yaddo fellowships, Pushcart Prize nominations, a Brandeis National Women’s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, and a California Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award. Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught Fiction and Screenwriting at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Nancy ZafrisAfter 9 years as the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review, NANCY ZAFRIS became the editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction book series. She is the author of many short stories and three books: The People I Know, which won the Flannery O’Connor award, The Metal Shredders, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, and her most recent novel, Lucky Strike. She has won several artist’s grants, including two NEA fellowships. As a Fulbright Fellow, she taught at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She has also taught at University of Pittsburgh, Centre College, The Ohio State University, and University of West Virginia.

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About the Program

The Kenyon Review Associates Program provides Kenyon students with valuable experience in literary editing, publishing, and programming. KR Associates work closely with Kenyon Review staff, gaining valuable experience in a number of editing, publishing, and programming areas including manuscript evaluation, publicity and marketing, copy editing, developing web site and social media content, outreach programming, event planning and promotion, and other creative and editorial projects

KR Associates attend regular seminars conducted by Kenyon Review editorial staff, visiting readers, and publishing industry professionals. These seminars cover a wide range of topics including editorial philosophy, evaluation of submissions, print and electronic production, marketing, and design.

KR Associates enjoy also enjoy exclusive access to visiting writers and speakers, free issues of The Kenyon Review, and valuable work experience and employment references.

This program is made possible through an initiative of the Kenyon Review, part of the mission of which is to contribute to the enrichment of the academic, cultural, and artistic life of the Kenyon College community.

Requirements and Expectations

  • Submission Evaluation: All Associates are required to read and evaluate eight Kenyon Review submissions per week. Associates who are not able to complete their weekly submission assignments for more than two weeks in a row may not be allowed to continue in the program.
  • Trainings and Seminars: In-person attendance is mandatory at all trainings and seminars. We plan on scheduling six to eight seminars per semester, and most will take place on Thursdays during common hour.
  • Literary Engagement: Associates are expected to participate in literary events on campus and throughout the local community.

Application Details

The application deadline for the 2023-24 program has passed. Applications for the 2024-25 program will open in the fall of 2024. Please check back then for more details.

Questions? Please contact Tory Weber for more information.