George W. SingletonJohn C. Cobb Professor
Receives John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence
George W. Singleton received the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence on March 12, 2016. Past winners of the award, presented by Centenary College in Shreveport, La., include Eudora Welty and Tim O'Brien. Singleton has published seven collections of short stories, two novels and a writing advice book. In 2015, he was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Although born in Anaheim, Calif., Singleton has lived in South Carolina for most of his life, graduating from Furman University in 1980. He received an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The majority of his stories revolve around the South. He began teaching at Wofford in 2013 and teaches courses such as Grit Lit, Short Story Workshop and Personal Essay. He says he particularly enjoys working with students in the Short Story Workshop because the class writes fiction. Since publishing “Calloustown” in November 2015, Singleton has gone on a book tour throughout the Southeast and continues to work on new short stories. Although he has no publications planned, he normally tries to write and revise a few hours every day. When visiting Centenary College to accept the award, he served as the guest lecturer for five classes. The John William Corrington Award honors a Centenary alumnus and English major, Bill Corrington, who worked as a novelist, poet, attorney and television-show writer. It is presented annually by the Centenary English Department to an established writer who has earned the critical esteem of readers. The award takes the form of a bronze medal, which was initially casted by the artist Clyde Connell, a regional self-taught abstract sculptor and artist.