Selected Works

Fiction
This is not a book about teaching. It is about the limits and complexities of even our most benevolent urges--what we can give to others and how we lose ourselves.
Jesse Smoke has it all. One problem though. She's a woman, who plays, better than any man, a man's sport.
Novel
"An entertaining old-school western [in] the reluctant-hero tradition of Charles Portis (True Grit)." The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice'
A brilliant exploration of human darkness, delusion, and desire for redemption.
--Beth Henley, author of Crimes of the Heart
An experience so intimate... that it almost blinds you with love.
--O- The Oprah Magazine
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
"Sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny, often luminously beautiful and always profoundly imaginative and moving..."

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Announcing: The Seventh Annual Woodbridge Writers' Retreat: May 17th-20th 2017

The 7th 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 Steve Goodwin 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 17th at Courtyard Potomac Mills Woodbridge. Hotel address 14300 Crossing Pl Woodbridge Virginia 22192. 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: $800.00. 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@​aol.com. Or call, (540)-752-0739, or (540)-878-5664. Enrollments begin March 5th, 2017. Manuscripts, limited to 15-18 pages max, must be submitted by May 1st 2017. Novel chapters, short stories, creative non fiction and memoir may be included in the workshop.

THE WRITERS: ME, ROBERT BAUSCH and...


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.

Stephen Goodwin
STEPHEN GOODWIN is the author of three novels: Kin, The Blood of Paradise, and Breaking Her Fall. His short fiction has appeared in GQ, The Sewanee Review, and Shenadoah. He has also written essays for several magazines, including Country Journal, Golf, The New Republic, and Fly Fisherman. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been a member of the writing faculty at George Mason University since 1979.