Allison Williams separates myth from fact to provide crucial,no-nonsense advice on the practical side of being a writer, and she does it with deft humor. You couldn't ask for a better coach.~ Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer
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Guerrilla memoirist, essay writer and travel journalist, Allison K Williams has written about race, culture and comedy for National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Travelers' Tales.
Her fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Smokelong Quarterly and Deep South; essays in Kenyon Review Online, The Drum and Brevity. Her humor writing was a Mark Twain Award winner; she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. As a storyteller, Allison has appeared onstage at London's Theatre Royal and Rich Mix, India's Filocafe, and is a two-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM.
She has been a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Writers Workshop with Dinty W. Moore; an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts with Rick Moody; and has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.
Allison is the Social Media Editor at Brevity, and the host of the Brevity Podcast.
Home base is currently Dubai, where "The Pork Shop" is a separate, dimly-lit room at the back of the supermarket. It's like buying meat porn.
NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID
As an author:
A wide range of skill in subject matter and style, quite literally the sacred to the profane. Alex Kahler
What you've written here has just moved a complete stranger to tears and made me wish that I had been there for the rest. Reader, Australia
Your script is beautiful. Even without having the emotional impact of music the lyrics were moving. Director, USA
[Your story] was like getting bitch-slapped by Ray Bradbury in the heart. Saga Al-Kassab, USA
When my obituary is written, I hope you are the one at the keyboard. Kenn Schoonover, USA
As an editor:
I really can't say enough how smoothly [the author's] stories read after they've passed through Allison's hands. I know many of them well, have read the majority previously, and I am struck by changes that I can't really pinpoint, but that are clearly evident. Reader of Panto-Damascus: One Clown's Alphabet
As a coach:
You were the one who pretty much told me to quit jerking off and start writing, and it was the kick in the pants I needed to make myself friggin' focus. Writer, USA
I'm ready to climb out of this well of fear and back into the creative sunshine. Writer, USA