Fiction writer to hold workshop and discussion


Carlson_RonAmerican novelist and short story writer Ron Carlson will visit the NAU campus for a workshop and talk on Monday, Feb. 24, as part of the High Altitude Writing Institute.

Carlson teaches in the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. He received a master’s degree in English from the University of Utah and taught at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he began his first novel. In 1985, he became a professor of English at Arizona State University, teaching creative writing to undergraduates and graduates, ultimately becoming director of its Creative Writing Program.

His short story “Keith,” from The Hotel Eden, was adapted into a film by Todd Kessler and starred Jesse McCartney and Elisabeth Harnois. Other short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire and GQ. In addition to his fiction, Carlson also has written for The New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

His workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Pre-registration is required for the workshop, which is open to the public as well as to NAU students. The cost is $40 for the public, $20 for members of the NAU MFA program and $30 for all other students.

To pre-register, e-mail

A free talk will follow the workshop at 7 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 120.

The High Altitude Writing Institute is supported by the College of Arts and Letters, the English Department and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.