Tanya Whiton


Tanya Whiton’s short story, “Marine Life of the British Indian Ocean Territory,” won second prize in Zoetrope: All Story’s 2017 Short Fiction Contest, and her story “Wingman” was given an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2017 Very Short Fiction Contest. Her flash fiction “The Saint” was recently published in A Pie de la Letra, with a translation into Spanish by Karla Marrufo Huchim.

Tanya Whiton’s fiction has also been published in Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review, Crazyhorse,  and in the anthology The Way Life Should Be: A Collection of Stories by Contemporary Maine Writers. She collaborated with director Louis Frederick on the adaptation of her story, “The Deal,” for an eponymous short film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the U.S. National Short Film Competition.

Tanya has twice been the recipient of the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine writers and has received two New England Press Association Awards for her nonfiction work. Her book Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, a collection of travel essays created with photographer Heidi Killion, was published in 2014.

Tanya has taught creative writing for the Lesley Seminars, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, and the University of Southern Maine. She also teaches professional development skills for writers and has given seminars on topics ranging from basic oral interpretation skills to navigating the indie publishing process. From January 2007–August 2016, she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program.




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  2. Im based in London have worked as a secretary for more than 10 years and have an HND in Business Studies but am tired of admin work and office politics and would like to do something more creative- change careers.. . I write in my spare time and have attended an advanced writing course for the past 3 years and am writing a novel. I would like to see if I could train to teach creative writing in further education colleges etc or and English /English literature. I would also be grateful if I could get any info on what qualifications you need to be able to teach English as a first language and Basic literacy skills and ESOL..

    • Hi Asha – I’d suggest an MFA program with teacher training opportunities. There are really limited jobs teaching creative writing, but if you can teach composition, you’ll always have work. The Solstice MFA Program has an Applied Track in Pedagogy – check it out! http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-internships

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