Fiction on the Fly

Celebrate Homecoming with us!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Virtual Event

Fiction on the Fly

Explore the world of creative writing! Join us for an interactive and fun session all ages. Professors Art Taylor and Gregg Wilhelm will lead the discussion as the audience helps select a sentence that will launch a story and a sentence that concludes it. Then our guest wordsmiths will be challenged to forge fiction on the fly. Audience members can also try their own hand at the challenge. We’ll hear some of your storytelling attempts, then listen to what our guest authors created.

Guest Wordsmiths for Fiction on the Fly 2022:

2005 MFA Alum John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning (Pegasus), won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, received his MFA in fiction from GMU in 2005, and currently lives in Richmond, VA, with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul. The Savage Kind (Pegasus) is his second novel.

MFA Student Jihoon Park

Jihoon Park's fiction is forthcoming or published in The Columbia Review, Split Lip Magazine, Reed Magazine, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fiction anthologies, and was a finalist for the 2021 John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. He will graduate with an MFA from George Mason University in Spring 2022. He is from San Jose, California.

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