JACKSON, Tenn. – Oct. 7, 2005 – Fiction author Clyde Edgerton spent time with Union students and faculty Oct. 6, critiquing papers and offering advice about how to succeed as a writer.
“Literally we were sitting in a big giant circle and he went over the stories and talked about the craft of writing,” said Gene Fant, chairman of Union’s English department.
Edgerton is the author of such books as “Walking Across Egypt,” “Lunch at the Picadilly,” “Where Trouble Sleeps” and others. Two of his novels have been made into movies. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Fellowship, the North Carolina Award for Literature and five notable book awards from The New York Times.
Edgerton talked to students about the life of a writer and about what books they should read. He critiqued three stories written by Union students – one of them by senior Julie Laugherty.
“It was helpful because he was experienced,” Laugherty said. “He knew what he was talking about and he was able to take what I had and make it better.”
After the session with students, Edgerton ate dinner and visited with members of the English department faculty.
“We paid for an hour and got him for three and a half,” Fant said. “It was awesome.”
While Edgerton was in Jackson, he also visited the public library where he read from some of his works and performed songs.