The University of Iowa

Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter is the author of the short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel, In Between Days (Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. In addition to winning the Flannery O’Connor Award, The Theory of Light and Matter also received Foreword Magazine’s “Book of the Year” Award, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and was selected by both The Kansas City Star and The San Antonio Express-News as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Porter has received numerous fellowships and awards for his work, including the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, a James Michener/Copernicus Fellowship, The Drake Emerging Writer Award, and a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in One Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Currently, Porter lives in San Antonio, where he teaches fiction writing and directs The Creative Writing Program at Trinity University.





Instructor Events

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Andrew Porter

From time to time, we all need a fresh set of eyes to look at our work. In this workshop, our main goal will be to look closely at the short stories each of you have written and to offer detailed, constructive suggestions that will help you enhance your story’s strengths and diminish its weaknesses. We’ll address such issues as character development, pacing, point of view, structure, dialogue, language and setting. We’ll also talk in a more general way about the underlying themes in your story, the deeper conflicts and subtext, and ultimately what your story is really about.