George Singleton Announced as Guest Speaker at TYCAT 2014

  • George Singleton was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Furman University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Singleton is the author of seven collections of short stories, including These People Are Us: Stories (2001); The Half-Mammals of Dixie (2002); Why Dogs Chase Cars: Tales of a Beleaguered Boyhood (2004); Drowning in Gruel (2006); Stray Decorum (2012); and Between Wrecks (Forthcoming in May 2014); two novels, Novel (2005) and Work Shirts For Madmen (2007); and a book on writing fiction, Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds: Indispensible Wisdom and Cautionary Advice For Writers (2008). His fiction has also appeared in publications such as Playboy, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, and the Oxford American.

  • Currently, Singleton holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair of the Humanities at Wofford College. Prior to this, Singleton taught fiction writing and editing at South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. In 2009, Singleton was a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2011, he was awarded the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

  • TYCAT is excited to welcome George Singleton, one of the South’s premier short story writers, as our 2014 Conference guest speaker. On Saturday, Mr. Singleton will speak and read from his works at our annual luncheon, sign copies of his work immediately afterwards, and lead a concurrent session before the conference ends.

  • TYCAT 2014 will be held October 3-4 at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee.

    TYCAT 2014 Conference Registration form available here.

    TYCAT 2014 Call For Proposals form is available here.

    2014 Tentative Conference Schedule:

    Friday, October 3

    • 3-5:30 pm
      1. Registration/Refreshments
    • 3-6:30 pm
      1. Exhibits Open
    • 4-4:20 pm
      1. Opening Session
    • 4:30-5:20 pm
      1. Breakout Session 1
    • 5:30-6:20 pm
      1. Breakout Session 2
    • 6:30-10:30 pm
      1. Dinner Party at the Renaissance Center

    Saturday, October 4

    • 8:30-9:15 am
      1. Registration
    • 8:30 am-1:30 pm
      1. Exhibits Open
    • 9-9:50 am
      1. Breakout Session 3
    • 9:50-10 am
      1. Refreshments
    • 10-10:50 am
      1. Breakout Session 4
    • 11-11:50 am
      1. Breakout Session 5
    • 12-1:15 pm
      1. Luncheon (Speaker: George Singleton)
    • 1:30-2:30 pm
      1. Breakout Session 6