Selected Works

Jesse Smoke has it all. One problem though. She's a woman, who plays, better than any man, a man's sport.
"An entertaining old-school western [in] the reluctant-hero tradition of Charles Portis (True Grit)." The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice'
"Sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny, often luminously beautiful and always profoundly imaginative and moving..."
A beautiful and aching novel, alarming in its wisdom and treatment of one of the great terrors, loneliness, and one of the great mercies, forgiveness.
--Rick Bass
An experience so intimate... that it almost blinds you with love.
--O- The Oprah Magazine
A brilliant exploration of human darkness, delusion, and desire for redemption.
--Beth Henley, author of Crimes of the Heart

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Announcing: The Fifth Annual Woodbridge Writers' Retreat: May 13th-16th 2015

The 5th annual Woodbridge Writers' Retreat. Each student manuscript will be critiqued in a panel workshop by three writers in this unique format. Richard Bausch, Tom Zoellner and Robert Bausch will read and respond to each student manuscript in one large group. Enrollments are limited to 18 students. Workshops begin on the evening of Wednesday, May 13th at a location soon to be announced in Woodbridge, Virginia. The workshop will run from 8:30 am until 1:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There will be afternoon craft talks and evening readings. Cost: $750.00. Hotel accommodations are available at a reasonable cost.

This is the most reasonably priced workshop in the country. Seating must be limited to the first 18 who enroll. For more information about payment and the workshop, please e-mail Robert Bausch at bobdenny13@​ Or call, (540)-752-0739, or (540)-846-1571. Enrollments begin March 5th, 2015. Manuscripts, limited to 20-25 pages max, must be submitted by April 15th 2014. Novel chapters, short stories, creative non fiction and memoir may be included in the workshop.


Richard Bausch
Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels and eight collections of stories, including The Last Good Time which was made into a feature-length motion picture, released in April 1995. He has published in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, and Playboy. He has been a teacher of writing for over 35 years and has won many literary awards.

Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, including Train: Smoke, Iron and the Invention of the Modern World, forthcoming from Viking/Penguin in 2013. He was also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book An Ordinary Man. Tom has worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic, and as a contributing editor for Mens Health magazine. He is now an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University and lives in Los Angeles.

Robert Bausch
Robert Bausch is the author of nine novels and a collection of short stories. He has been awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and The Fellowship of Southern Writers Award for Fiction. HIs fifth work of fiction was a New York Times Notable Book of the year and a Washington Post Favorite Book of the year. He has taught Creative Writing for 36 years.