University of Iowa

Thomas Fox Averill

An O. Henry Award short story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University, where he taught creative writing for 37 years. He has published two story collections, two works of nonfiction, and five novels. His most recent book, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in February of 2018, and is made up entirely of fictional diaries, letters, drawings, and other documents that tell the story of an unconventional 19th-century woman who makes important fossil discoveries as an amateur scientist.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 14 to July 15 2018

Plots in stories and novels take many twists and turns, as do the plots of our lives. In this weekend, we’ll discuss the need for plot, strategies for plotting, the various kinds of plots, the use of subplots, and how our plots create our meanings.