Swati Avasthi has been writing fiction since she read Little House in the Big Woods at age five. Emily Bronte, Harper Lee, and others furthered her addiction. She institutionalized her habit at the University of Chicago, where she received her B.A., and at the University of Minnesota, where received her M.F.A. Her writing has received numerous honors including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, the Thomas H. Shevlin Fellowship, Loft's Mentor Series Award, and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is a creative writing professor at Hamline University and lives in the Twin Cities with her two large-ish dogs, two small-ish kids, and one husband (though he is worth two).
As a teacher, I know that bringing in a visitor can offer a change of pace and generate energy. In a traditional author's visit, I'll discuss Split and/or Chasing Shadows, the writing/publishing process, and a Q and A. Or, I offer creative writing classes, varying in length from a few hours to a semester.
For writers, it can be difficult to see whether our work is, well, working. Sometimes we need another set of eyes on the words, another set of ears to tune the voice. For $3/page, I provide in-manuscript comments, a letter of review, and a 60-minute consultation.