This spring, Oregon State's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing is thrilled to bring celebrated author Tobias Wolff to campus as the second winner of the biennial Stone Award. Wolff is known not only for work, but also for his generosity in mentoring young writers—a critical aspect of winning the Stone Award. Wolff will be presented with the Stone Award at the Portland Art Museum on May 21. On Thursday, May 22, Wolff will appear at a free public reading and book signing at OSU.
But even before that, CLA's creative writing MFA students will celebrate Wolff by leading an “Everybody Reads” campaign to engage the greater Corvallis community with Wolff’s writing. This campaign extends from classes at Oregon State to Corvallis High School, Harding Alternative High School, Crescent Valley High School, and Linn Benton Community College. MFA students will facilitate reading discussion groups of Wolff’s work—including his short stories, memoirs “This Boy’s Life” and “In Pharaoh’s Army,” and novel “Old School”—and Wolff-inspired writing workshops.
In addition to these classroom visits, the following events are free and open to the public:
• Wednesday, April 16, 7-8 pm - Public book club discussion: “Old School”; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
• Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-8 pm - Public reading group: “This Boy’s Life”; Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis
• Tuesday, May 13, 6-7 pm – Young adult creative writing club: selected short stories; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
• Saturday, May 17, 2-4 pm – Tobias Wolff discussion group, led by Oregon State University Creative Writing Professor, Keith Scribner; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
• Thursday, May 22, 7:30 pm – Tobias Wolff, public reading and lecture, Oregon State University’s CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis
Check back for more events and updates throughout our Stone Award celebrations.