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Meg Files - "How to Write the Truth (and Still Stay in the Family Will)"
Meg Files is the chair of the English and Journalism Department at Pima Community College in Tucson. She also teaches creative writing and created and directs the annual Pima Writers' Workshop since 1988. She has also served as director of the Colorado Mountain Writers' Workshop and the Gila Writers' Conference as well as the Writing It Real Conference with Sheila Bender and Jack Heffron. She has a Bread Loaf Fellowship and was the James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University and a featured poet at the 2005 Tucson Poetry Festival. She won the Doris Leadbetter Writer-in-Residence at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Her published books include: The Third Law of Motion, her latest novel (2012). Oh my heck, as we said in the day, here is a novel of a time when we faced the first "dangers"-boys and girls-and now that harm seems curious and charming, and so delicious in Meg Files' vivid novel. Kaleidoscope an anthology of the Martindale Award Winners at Pima Community College, edited by Nancy Wall and Meg Files (2007)
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Meg FilesMeg Files is chair of the English department at Pima Community College.Her novel, MERIDIAN 144 was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.Her other books include a collection of short fiction, HOME IS THE HUNTER, and a nonfiction, WRITE FROM LIFE, published by Writers' Digest Books.She was James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at OSU and Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence in Orlando.
Meg Files has been teaching creative writing at Pima Community College (AZ) since 1987 and, in the process, she has created a community of writers.
Files launched the Pima Writer's Workshop, which has grown to a four-day event, plus she has convinced the college to add more writing classes into the curriculum. She nurtures writers and encourages them to be respectful and supportive when critiquing one another's works. Read about this one woman making a big difference at her community college here.
Excerpt From The Third Law of Motion, a Novel by Meg Files
Clear the Debris of Abstraction and Sentimentality Meg Files authored Meridian 144, a novel, Home Is the Hunter, a story collection, Write from Life, a text, The Love Hunter and Other Poems. She edited Lasting: Poems on Aging, has been a Bread Loaf fellow and a James Thurber Writer-in-Residence and chairs the Creative Writing program at Pima College. The Third Law of Motion is her new novel. Author Archives: Meg Files March 10, 2005 | Meg Files After creating an exercise from which her fiction writing students wrote stories, Meg did the exercise herself. She says, "In my story, a woman is suddenly afraid to leave a grocery store. Why? As I began the story, I didn't know. I had this scrap of paper that said 'Fear of exiting a supermarket.' So...... Continue Reading The Most Promising Fictional Characters are Obsessed March 3, 2005 | Meg Files "Our most promising fictional characters are obsessed," says Meg Files, Writing It Real correspondent and author of Write From Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences into Compelling Stories. "They're looking desperately for love or passion or parents or fame. They're searching for answers to questions they can barely ask. Their obsessions offer writers a way to...... Continue Reading Letter to a Young Perfectionist March 4, 2004 | Meg Files Meg Files is a novelist, short fiction writer, creative nonfiction writer, poet and writing instructor extraordinaire. She has helped hundreds of students write and publish their writing, and she always takes their concerns seriously. Recently, when one student's problem with writing lingered, Meg wrote a letter in which she imagines herself offering this student standard,...... Continue Reading From High Midnight July 3, 2003 | Meg Files Meg Files enjoys researching and uses what she learns to set her stories and to inform her characters. In the excerpt below, 19-year-old Hanna accompanies her father, who is researching for a magazine feature article, on a car trip to a Western rendezvous. Using modern characters with an interest in traditions of the West, Meg...... Continue Reading Research and Creative Writing May 1, 2003 | Meg Files Novelist and poet Meg Files recently spoke on a panel at the Associated Writing Program's annual meeting. She talked about researching for writing her novels. After her talk, Meg and I conducted an email interview about how her research affects her writing, her imagination, and her teaching.
Meg Files, chairwoman of the English and journalism department at Pima Community College West Campus, coordinated the competition and said she was impressed by the entries.
"The judges were all blown away by the quality of the submissions," said Files, who recruited a team of eight local authors to do the preliminary judging.