Sherry Austin is the author of four
works of fiction: THE COMFORTER: A GHOST TALE OF FLAT ROCK, THE
LITTLE CHARLESTON OF THE MOUNTAINS; THE
DAYS BETWEEN THE YEARS, a finalist for the Willie Morris Award
for Southern Fiction; WHERE
THE WOODBINE TWINES, Honorable Mention in Foreword Magazine's
Book of the Year Award; and MARIAH
OF THE SPIRITS: AND OTHER SOUTHERN GHOST STORIES, recipient
of several awards.
She has received two literary fellowships from
Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state
of North Carolina and the National
Endowment for the Arts--one for fiction and one for literary
nonfiction. She is a speaker for the North
Carolina Humanities Council Speakers' Forum on the topic "The
Audacious and the Fantastic: the Art of Southern Gothic." She
is a member of the Southern
Arts Federation, a multi-disciplinary showcase of outstanding
Sherry is a North Carolina Arts Council
Touring Artist, offering these programs (more info here):
“Reading and Writing Fiction Fantastique”
is a two-hour workshop that introduces participants to a kind of
speculative fiction known as “weird” literature (e.g.
slipstream, interstitial, bizarro) which has roots in the magical
realism of surrealist authors such as Julio Cortazar, Jorges Luis
Borges, Italo Calvino, and others. Adventurous readers and writers
will go away inspired to stretch their minds toward the borderlands
of the human imagination. Appropriate for adults of all ages. Fee:
$400 plus expenses.
“Writing the Days Between Your Years”
is a day-long workshop in which participants learn and practice
the tools professional writers use to create one strong, well-crafted,
compulsively readable short piece of memoir in a fun, comfortable
environment. Also for adults of all ages. Fee: $1,200 plus expenses.
Can also be done as a residency; fee negotiable.
Though she writes speculative fiction as well as
nonfiction about mythology and folklore, she actively supports critical
thinking and science education. Visit Pisgah
Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard, NC where scores
of people are learning how science can excite the imagination.
Also, visit Flat
Rock Playhouse and Vagabond School of Drama in Flat Rock, NC
to learn about great theatre and outstanding educational opportunities
for young people and adults in FRPH's exciting, ever-expanding YouTheatre