Monday, May 18, 2015

Introducing the new Director of the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop!

Recently, I accepted a job as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, which means I will be moving to Tulsa with my family this summer. While I'm sad to leave behind Columbia's vibrant writing community and the many friends I've made here, I'm excited for this new opportunity!

I'm very happy to announce that after I depart, the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop will live on under the leadership of the writer Gordon Sauer! 

Gordon Sauer earned his MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. His fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine and his nonfiction in Columbia College TodayWhile living in New York City, Gordon interned at The New Yorkerworked as a freelance writer for Columbia College Today, and was on the board of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. He's been a resident on scholarship at the Vermont Studio Center and has been teaching creative writing for the past five years. Currently, Gordon is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Gordon is an excellent writer and an experienced teacher; I had the pleasure of observing him teach a fiction workshop at Mizzou, and he leads his workshops with an informed, probing intelligence. And he will be offering his first QHWW class soon, beginning August 6th and extending until October 1st, with a break for Labor Day. Expect more information about that class soon, and in the meantime, mark your calendars!

I have every confidence that Gordon will continue the QHWW's tradition of exciting and rigorous craft-focused workshops. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or Gordon if you have any questions about this transition, and please help me in welcoming Gordon to the QHWW family! You can still reach us at the Workshop email address,

This year marks the fifth anniversary of QHWW. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I've made many lifelong friends through this community. Long may it continue here in CoMo!


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