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Full-Time Fiction Writing Faculty Reading Featuring Betty Shiflett

Columbia College Chicago's Full-Time Fiction Writing Faculty read from their works. This event is hosted by Betty Shiflett.

Betty Shiflett is professor emerita of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department and a winner of the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. She was the founding director of the Fiction Writing Department's Story Workshop® Tutoring and Tutor Training program, founder and artistic director of the Visiting Writers program, and a founding director of the department's in-service teacher training program. She is also a distinguished writer, playwright, and writing consultant. Shiflett is author of the play We Dream of Tours and the musical drama Phantom Rider. Her stories, articles, and novel and play excerpts have appeared in LIFE magazine, Evergreen Review, Fiction and Poetry by Texas Women, Emergence: Writings by Women, Private Arts, F, The Story Workshop Reader, College English, Writing from Start to Finish, and many others. Her award-winning story “The Country Barber” was published in American Fiction and translated into Mandarin by the novelist Geling Yan for Sichuan Literature Monthly. She is c coproducer and interviewer for the Story Workshop video The Living Voice Moves, featuring Randy Albers and his prose forms class. She and her Story Workshop advanced fiction class are featured in the video Story from First Impulse to Final Draft, coproduced by John Schultz and Randy Albers. Shiflett has been a featured writer three times in the Southwest Writers Conference at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. Along with John Schultz, she taught master's creative writing in fall 2007 at Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC, helping Fudan set up its first master's in creative writing program in China. She is principal Story Workshop master teacher, now at work on a memoir as novel, Grassfires.

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