Doctor of Creative Arts candidate Christine Piper was selected to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop three-week special summer fiction writing workshop in May.
Her acceptance into the course was based on a portfolio of three pieces of fiction – one of which her creative doctoral thesis work-in-progress, which she is developing under the supervision of Dr Delia Falconer.
The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is the oldest and most prestigious creative writing program in the United States. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is consistently ranked one of the top MFA creative writing programs in the United States (Poets & Writers magazine, Sept/Oct 2010: www.pw.org/content/2011_mfa_rankings_the_top_fifty_0). Alumni include Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding, and Australian writer Nam Le (winner of the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2010 PEN/Malamud Award).
The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has agreed to fund Christine for the cost of her trip to Iowa, covering air fares, accommodation and the workshop fee. Christine’s attendance at the workshop has allowed her to receive feedback on her creative doctoral thesis from internationally acclaimed mentors such as author and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Lan Samantha Chang.