Fiction Course with Edward P. Jones

We’ve already told you how to take a screenwriting course with famous producer and screenwriter Jason Filardi. Would you also like to take a course in writing fiction with Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Edward P. Jones?

Jones will be in residence at GW during the spring semester of 2009. If you would like to be considered for admission to his creative writing course, simply print out and complete this form (or pick up a copy from the English Department main office) and return it to us with a writing sample as soon as possible, and no later than November 7.

I’m appending Jones’s official biography below. Dare I say, once again, that the chance to study with an author of such high renown is a once in a lifetime opportunity? Miss it and you’ll be kicking yourself for years to come, even perhaps as you enter doddering senility. That’s what once in a lifetime means. This chance isn’t coming back.



Edward P. Jones was born in Washington DC in l950. He attended the local public schools and won a scholarship to Holy Cross College. Seven years after he graduated from college, he earned his M.F. A. at the University of Virginia.

After a series of jobs, he began working for a tax newsletter, first as a proof reader and then eventually as a columnist, the latter job he held for over ten years. During this time Jones kept on writing. His first short story was published in Essence in l976. Since then he has had stories published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Callaloo. He has taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, the University of Maryland and Princeton University.

Edward Jones’ first collection of Short Stories, Lost in the City, was published in l992 and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, was short-listed for the National Book Award and was the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award.

Jones’ first novel, THE KNOWN WORLD, published by Harpercollins Publishers in September 2003, received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In addition, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the international IMPAC Dublin Literary award and the Lannan Literary award. Edward P. Jones was named a MacArthur fellow for 2004.

The New York Times best-selling ALL AUNT HAGAR’S CHILDREN was originally published in September 2006.

Edward P. Jones lives in Washington, DC.

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