Welcome to the Buena Vista Writers Workshop!

We are a non-profit organization dedicated in bringing high quality authors to rural South Georgia. In the year of 2021, we will offer four intensive, weekend-long workshops that feature prominent visiting authors as the instructors.

Alongside the intensive workshop model, we offer community-focused classes that are the price of a donation, as well as a free public reading by the visiting author hosted by a local establishment. Each course differs in scheduling, so be sure to look at the specifics to see which course best fits your writing needs.

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Christina Chiu: March 26-28, 2021

Christina Chiu is the grand-prize winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her novel, Beauty. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Troublemaker was alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award.

Chiu has published in magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, World Wide Writers, The MacGuffin, the Asian Pacific American Journal, Acorn, Grandmothers: Granddaughters Remember, and Not the Only One. Her stories have won awards and honorable mention in literary contests such as Playboy, Glimmer Train, New Millennium, New York Stories, World Wide Writers, Explorations, and El Dorado Writers’ Guild.

Chiu is the recipient of the Robert Simpson Fellowship, the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Van Lier Fellowship; she won the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest, won second place in the Playboy Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. She has been a Wiepersdorf Fellow and a Claire Woolrich Scholar.

Chiu curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salons in New York City. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University.

Adam Vines: May 21-23, 2021

Adam Vines is the author of three single-authored collections of poetry—Lures (LSU Press, forthcoming 2022), Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018) and The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012)—and two collaborative poetry collections written with Allen Jih—Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015).

He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and at UAB, where he is an associate professor in the English Department and Director of Creative Writing.

He is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, which was awarded the AWP 2020 Small Press Publishers Award. He has published poetry in Poetry, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Literary Review, Five Points, Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, and Poetry Daily, among others.

Maria Kuznetsova: August 2021

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States as a child. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel, OKSANA, BEHAVE! was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2019. Her fiction and non-fiction appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate Magazine, and elsewhere.

She lives in Auburn, Alabama with her husband and daughter and will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) in the fall. She is at work on a second novel, SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE, which will be published by Random House in early 2021. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.

Jamel Brinkley: November 2021

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (2018) , a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and winner of a PEN Oakland Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, The Believer, and Tin House, and has been anthologized twice in The Best American Short Stories.

He has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Lannan Foundation. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-2017 Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Also, he is the most recent permanent hire at the Iowa Writers Workshop.