Adrianne Harun


Adrianne Harun
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Adrianne Harun is the author of a collection of stories, The King of Limbo and Other Stories (Houghton Mifflin 2002), a Sewanee Writers’ Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and a novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin 2014), winner of the 2015 Pinckley Award for Debut Crime Fiction. In addition, for over twenty years, she has worked on the editorial side of publishing. Adrianne is also on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South.

Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction.

Statement: “I don’t believe there’s any one route to writing good fiction and, sorrowfully, I also have come to believe that the magic book or teacher possessing the secret of fiction writing does not actually exist. I do, however, believe in the value of the twined practices of revision and obsessively close reading, as well as the great promise of intuitive leaps, emotional honesty and constant exploration. As a mentor, I ask a lot of questions, and I tend to prod my students also into asking questions of their own work. The wonderful Canadian writer Catherine Bush writes, ‘The novel needs curiosity the way a river needs water,’ and I could not agree more. I’m also particularly interested in the ways in which narrative architecture can alter, intensify, or obscure a story, so I often focus on structure as well. My goal as a teacher is to act as an informed yet curious companion, sometimes guiding, sometimes badgering, always listening.”