Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

A Community Writers Workshop on Fiction with Novelist Marie Manilla

Date(s) - 10/09/2013
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Additional Information

“The Importance of Emotional Honesty and Urgency in Fiction”

This workshop will focus on finding those critical light-bulb moments in our lives that provide excellent fodder for fiction. The class will include brief sample readings, group discussion, and writing exercises. Manilla will also read from and discuss her work.


Marie Manilla

West Virginia native Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, SouthWrit Large, and other journals. Her novel, Shrapnel (2012), set in her hometown of Huntington, received the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Still Life with Plums: Short Stories (2010), was a finalist for the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Her forthcoming novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly, also set in West Virginia, will be available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June 2014. Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish, has this to say: “With The Patron Saint of Ugly, Marie Manilla has written more than a novel: she’s written what we used to call a tale. It’s all here, folks, the whole world. How does Manilla write about God and history and love and loss and make it all so miraculously readable? How does she make the book so much fun, even as it breaks your heart? Beats me, but she did it. Plus which, anyone who can mention Buddy Holly and Pius XII in the same sentence is my hero.” Manilla will be visiting faculty in West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Spring 2014. Learn more at www.mariemanilla.com


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