Friday, August 2, 2013

Lydia Davis to Teach Fall Workshop at UAlbany

Lydia Davis, New York State Writers Institute Fellow and recent winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, will conduct a fiction master class workshop for community writers during the fall 2013 semester. The focus will be on detailed discussion of students' work, but there may also be assigned exercises and/or readings from published novels or short stories to broaden the discussion of topics such as character, plot, style, and form. The workshop is intended for advanced writers - writers who have significant publications in literary journals. It will be an intensive five-session workshop held in the month of October.

The workshop is not-for-credit and will be held at the University at Albany's uptown campus. Admission to the workshop is based on the submission of writing samples. Complete information on the workshop and submission guidelines may be obtained by calling the Institute at 518-442-5620 or by visiting the Institute's website at:

Lydia Davis, fiction writer, translator, and UAlbany professor, has received wide acclaim for her extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories. She has been called "one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review), "an American virtuoso of the short story form" (Salon), and "one of the best writers in America" (O Magazine). In the spring of 2013 Davis received the Man Booker International Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of literature. The award is given every two years to authors of any nationality in order to recognize an outstanding body of work in English or available in English translation.

Her newest book, which earned rave reviews, is The Collected Stories (2009), a compilation of stories from four previously published volumes including Varieties of Disturbance (2007), Samuel Johnson is Indignant (2001), Almost No Memory (1997) and Break it Down (1986). Davis received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2003. A Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, Davis is also one of the most respected translators into English of French literary fiction by Proust and Flaubert, among others.

Davis first received serious critical attention for her collection of stories, "Break It Down," which was selected as a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. The book's positive critical reception helped Davis win a Whiting Writer's Award in 1988

For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620, or online at