Agnes Scott’s Kirk Writer-in-Residence Program is a signature of our distinctive creative writing program. Each fall,
we host a distinguished writer on campus to teach a course to Agnes Scott students and give a public reading of
their work. This unique opportunity allows Agnes Scott students the chance to learn and write with some of the
most celebrated and interesting writers working today. Writers-in-Residence teach a course, visit other in-session
classes, and give a public reading with book signing.
The English Department at Agnes Scott College is thrilled to welcome Christine Schutt as Kirk Distinguished
Writers-in-Residence in the fall of 2020.
Award-winning novelist and short story writer Christine Schutt is the author of three short story collections and
several novels. Her most recent collection is Pure Hollywood and Other Stories (2018). A Guggenheim Fellowship
Awardee and recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant, she has also been a finalist for the National
Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She has also won the O.Henry Short Story prize—twice. Her stories have
appeared in Granta, Harper’s, Oxford American, and Fence, among others, and are widely anthologized. She
lives in New York and in Maine. Schutt’s public lecture will be held virtually on November 11, 2020.
The Kirk Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible by the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund, which was
established by alumna, artist, writer, and trustee Mary Wallace Kirk, in honor of her parents. The Kirk Fund
supports and enriches academic programs in history, music, literature, art, and philosophy.
Previous Kirk Writers-in-Residence:
October 2014: Pam Houston taught “Turning the Physical World into Story.”
October 2015: Monique Truong taught “Writing Plenty, Writing Hunger.”
October 2016: Richard Blanco taught “Tasting Life Twice: Writing Your Universal Story.”
Fall semester 2017: Melissa Fay Greene, “Short-Form Literary Journalism.”
Fall semester 2018: Melissa Fay Greene, “Short-Form Literary Journalism.”
Spring semester 2019: Melissa Fay Greene, “Long-Form Literary Journalism.”
October 2019: William Boyle taught “Reading and Writing Noir.”
November 2019: Aracelis Girmay taught “On Poetry.”