August is an editor and manuscript consultant who lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Villanova University. Community arts programming is central to her work: she has taught workshops in fiction and the personal essay in Center City and with a group of lifers at Graterford Prison. In 2012 she received a Leeway grant to create and run The Superheroes Project, an arts-based workshop for survivors of sexual trauma, held in Center City and at Riverside Women’s Correctional Facility. August is working on a novel and a collection of short stories. Four of the stories from the collection have won national prizes, including the Zoetrope Prize. She was a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, and has been a fellow at numerous residencies, including Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and she earned a Ph.D in Contemporary Literature and Cultural Studies at Temple University.
August’s class, The Short Story: I Wanna Know What Love Is, will be a generative workshop and will include short writing prompts as she explores the importance of writers really investing themselves, of showing their love for the characters that drive the short story, onto the page. She is most looking forward to meeting all the other writers and workshop participants at the conference in June.
The 2019 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on June 7 – 9, 2019 at the Wyndham Hotel at 4th and Arch Street in Old City Philadelphia. Registration for the conference will open in early 2019.
Watch this space for additional announcements and information on registration, contests, and more!