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Department Lecturer and Novelist Theresa Williams: A Summer Writing in Provincetown

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 4, 2008

Back in April, we announced that Theresa Williams, Lecturer in English/Creative Writing, had been awarded a three month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, a residency sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council which each year sends one Ohio creative writer and one visual artist to Provincetown. The residency includes an apartment, traveling expenses, opportunity to take workshops, and a monthly stipend.

On June 2, Theresa began her residency, which will end on August 23. During her time in Provincetown, she has taken a week-long workshop in poetry writing with Mark Conway and attended readings and slide show presentations by Maxine Kumin, Pam Houston, Alice Mattison, Pamela Painter, Kimiko Hahn, Robert Henry, and more.

Theresa gave her reading on July 30 with Amy Bloom. Following was a reception in Theresa’s honor hosted by the Ohio Arts Council. Theresa read from her novel-in-progress, The Last Mysteries of the World and from her novel The Secret of Hurricanes, (MacAdam/Cage 2002).

Theresa’s novel-in-progress is centered on a journey down the Ohio River and uses the river as a metaphor for searching and healing. Although the Fall semester is rapidly approaching, Theresa tells us “I’ve still got about 10,000 more words to write to finish off draft #1 of this novel: I can’t think about school yet!!!” Good luck to Theresa as she completes her draft.

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