Patricia Foster


Patricia Foster is the author of All the Lost Girls (PEN Award), Just beneath My Skin, Girl from Soldier Creek (SFA Novel Award), and Written in the Sky: Lessons of a Southern Daughter, and the editor of four anthologies, including Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul.  After getting an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was a professor in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa for 25 years. She’s published over 120 essays and stories in journals such as Ploughshares and Virginia Quarterly Review and has been awarded the Hall-Waters Prize for Distinguished Southern Writing, a Pushcart Prize, a Clarence Cason Award, a Dean’s Scholar Award, a Yaddo Fellowship, and a Carl Klaus Teaching Award. She has taught writing in France, Australia, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. She is currently finishing a memoir and working on a linked story collection. 


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Creating the Linked Story Collection

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In this workshop, we will explore various ways to unify a short story collection, focusing on character development, imagistic patterns, and narrative tensions both within each story and between stories. Linked story collections depend on parallels and contrasts, repetitions and surprises to create...
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