2018 Faculty
Dawn Shamp

Novelist and editor Dawn Shamp returns to Table Rock as editor-in-residence for 2018 workshop prose writers. This is a complement to the work every writer encounters in the workshops. Participants can schedule time with Dawn throughout the week for one-on-one conversations, to discuss the niggling specific or general issues that all of us, as writers, confront in meeting our goals.

As an added feature, four Table Rock prose writers may schedule Dawn, in advance, for personalized focus sessions at the workshop, for an additional $150. When you choose this option, you will receive a one-on-one 30-minute manuscript evaluation from Dawn during the workshop, based on her pre-workshop evaluation of your submitted work. This allows Dawn to provide in-depth editorial focus and detailed feedback, including structural and technical advice, to help you carry your work to completion.
If you’d like to sign up for this first-come, first-served opportunity for this sit-down with Dawn at Table Rock, please note it on your registration form.Once your space is confirmed, you’ll be able to send Dawn up to 25 hardcopy double-spaced pages (flat, not folded, please), printed in 12-point font, with one-inch margins. Send your manuscript and a check payable to Dawn Shamp no later than August 1, 2018, to:
Dawn Shamp
3928 Mount Sinai Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
If that timing doesn’t work out for you, but you’d like this level of support, you have options. Dawn will honor this arrangement and work with you by phone, e-mail, etc. after the workshop. Just let her know.

Dawn Shamp is an accomplished writer and editor. Yet she stifles accolades. In her words, “it’s not such-a-much.” She hews to a firm belief that she, and everyone she works with, will always be surprised and nurtured by unexpected literary encounters. That grounding, that humble respect for literary excellence, from any quarter, has endeared her to a wide range of peers and clients. Among her most recent editing projects: An award-winning writer’s 600-page WWII novel; an agent-represented memoir by the son of a PTSD-ravaged Vietnam War veteran; a published short story collection by a high-profile Guggenheim Fellow; a published memoir by a retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicist; a semi-fictionalized memoir compilation of a dying elderly woman’s lifetime of revealing letter exchanges with lovers; and many novels for a major global publishing house.

A native of Roxboro, Dawn earned an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Though she has garnered numerous awards for her writing, she feels she got her most significant career boosts from peers and mentors, including those grounded in the NC Writers’ Network, the Durham Arts Council and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. All of it led to the opportunity to complete her novel as a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her writer husband, Jim, in Durham. When Dawn is not editing, she’s working on her next novel – and preparing for the wonderful experience that comes every year at Table Rock. 

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