Co-Founder & Workshop Faculty


Novel Workshop

Sterling Watson is the author of eight novels, including Weep No More My Brother, The Calling, Blind Tongues, Deadly Sweet, Sweet Dream Baby, Fighting in the Shade, Suitcase City, and The CommitteeDennis Lehane described Fighting in the Shade as “a brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports, a book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory.” Of Suitcase City, Tom Franklin said, “If this taut literary crime novel doesn’t center Sterling Watson on the map, we should change the maps.”  Mr. Watson’s short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  He was director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College for twenty years and is the co-founder with Dennis Lehane of the Writers in Paradise Conference, now in its 17th year.  He teaches in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.  The New York Journal of Books said, “The Committee, transmutes Lavender Scare investigators’ ruthless assaults on suspected homosexuals in 1950s Gainesville into heart-racing fiction that’s every bit as spellbinding as Watson’s noir masterpiece Suitcase City.”