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 13 to July 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Thomas Fox Averill

Plots in stories and novels take many twists and turns, as do the plots of our lives. Our weekend will include discussion of plot strategies, the various kinds of plots, the use of subplots, and how our plots create meaning. The plot of the weekend: scene one, discussion; scene two, writing a series of exercises designed to help understand plot in its many forms; scene three, sharing writing; and scene four, problem solving and insightful conclusions. This generative class is open to fiction and would-be fiction writers at all levels.