The LC Writing Program
The Thornton program is part of the larger writing program at Lynchburg College. Other courses in creative writing include Introduction to Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, and Poetry Writing, all of which are taught by regular faculty of LC who are both teachers and writers. Among the faculty are published fiction writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and essayists. For further information, contact Allison Wilkins at .
The Richard H. Thornton Endowment
Dr. Richard H. Thornton, 1907 alumnus of Lynchburg College, was a distinguished teacher, writer, and publisher. He became president of Henry Holt and Company publishers and established friendships with such writers as Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe, and Vachel Lindsay. He was both editor and friend to Robert Frost.
Since 1975 the endowment established in his name has made it possible for us to bring some of the most exciting and successful poets, novelists, dramatists, and nonfiction writers of our time to the College. These writers have taught classes, given readings, and enriched the cultural life of the campus.
Spring 2016 Thornton Reading
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading location TBD.
Reception and booksigning to follow.
Ron Rash is a New York Times best-selling author, PEN/Faulkner finalist, two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, and winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A son of Buncombe and Watauga County natives, Rash was raised in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and his family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the mid-1700s.
Rash is the author of the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winner Burning Bright, a collection that captures Appalachia’s eerie beauty and stark violence through the lived of his unforgettable characters. His 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times best-selling novel, Serena (Ecco), was made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Rash has written three other prize-winning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and three collections of stories, among them Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. His most recent work is the critically acclaimed novel The Cove (Ecco), the story of a German prisoner who escapes an internment camp in North Carolina and the woman who saves his life.
He joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2003, coming back to his family’s homeland in the mountains, where he currently serves as the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies.
Thornton Writer-in-Residence Workshop
The Thornton Writer-in-Residence comes to the College to teach a semester-long class. To ensure individualized instruction, the class size is limited to 16 students. Eligibility is determined through submission of sample writings. Any student, regardless of major, may apply.
Students often take more than one Thornton writing course during their 4 years, and academic credit earned can count toward an English major or toward elective hours, depending on the student’s needs.
The visiting writer also gives public readings, conducts other classes at the request of professors, and is available for private conferences with student and faculty writers. For more information call 434.544.8820.
Public Readings and Short Workshops
Thornton writers commonly visit campus for one or two days. The centerpiece of such visits is a public reading or lecture. Writers also frequently meet with classes or conduct workshops for students interested in creative writing.
All readings are sponsored by The Richard H. Thornton Endowment in English and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.