Janet Burroway, 12th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Janet Burroway

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Newport News Room, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

Janet Burroway is the author of six novels, two of poetry, two children's books, a guide to fiction-writing, and five plays. Her novels include Descend Again, 1960; The Dancer from the Dance, 1965; Eyes, 1966; The Buzzards, 1970; Raw Silk, 1977; and Opening Nights, 1985. Her collections of poetry are But to the Season, 1961, and Material Goods, 1980. The Truck on the Track, 1970, and The Giant Jam Sandwich, 1972, are children's books. Her Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 1982, is probably the most widely-used fiction-writing textbook in America. Her plays include Garden Party, 1955; The Fantasy Level, 1961; The Beauty Operators, 1968; Hoddinott Veiling, 1970; and Due Care and Attention, 1973. She previously read her fiction at the Old Dominion Literary Festival in 1987. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs. Burroway teaches at Florida State University.


Janet Burroway took part in a panel on contemporary fiction at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, in the Newport News Room of Webb Center.


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