Adrianne Harun is the author of the story collections The King of Limbo (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner) and Catch, Release (Johns Hopkins University Press) and a novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in a Mountain (Viking/Penguin). Her work has won awards and been anthologized, and she’s been honored with several fellowships, most recently from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
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.”