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John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence

Congratulations to Sara Pritchard, the 2015 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence!

Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories Crackpots, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, and the linked-story collection Lately. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous literary journals. Sara's awards include the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2002 for Crackpots, the Alexander Cappon Award for Fiction 2008, a 2009 Pushcart Prize for her story "Two Studies in Entropy," and two West Virginia Literary Fellowships. Sara's new story collection, Help Wanted: Female, was published by Etruscan Press in 2013. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Creative Writing Program in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Sara will be moving into the slightly haunted third-floor apartment at Thurber House for a month in January 2016.

The John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House was begun in 2012 by Sally Crane, in honor of her late husband, John E. Nance, a critically acclaimed photojournalist. As Associated Press Bureau Chief in the Philippines, Nance wrote The Gentle Tasaday about a primitive tribe in the Philippines as well as Lobo of the Tasaday, a Horn Book Award Honor Book. Nance was a Thurber House writer-in-residence twice, in 1995 and 1998.

The John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence program is an annual residency of four weeks housed in a two-bedroom apartment in the family home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress.

The resident will receive a stipend of $4000, and will be available for at least three community outreach opportunities such as readings and teaching writing classes offered by Thurber House.

Each year, the residency focuses on different genres. For 2015, the work was fiction, or creative non-fiction including memoir.


Past John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence winners:
2014: Sharon Short
2013: Katrina Kittle
2012: Liza Monroy

Thurber House Third Floor Apartment