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Series III. Writing Career, 1961-2014

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains all the materials related to Kathleen George's literary works and creative writing. The series is divided into four subseries - Newspaper and magazine articles, Published Works, Unpublished works, and Writing related.

Subseries 1. Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1975-2012

Scope and Content Notes:

Contained in this section are essays, columns, reviews, etc. by Kathleen George in newspapers or magazines. The book reviews are mainly from the Pittsburgh City Paper or the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. George has published several essays or columns, the majority of which appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Some were featured in the Books on Sunday section and are autobiographical in nature.


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Folder 1-2 Book reviews, 1992-2012
Folder 3 Feature on Pittsburgh restaurants in George's novels Table Magazine, 2011
Folder 4 Newspaper articles about George, 1998-2012

Please see oversized series for more newspaper articles about George.

Folder 5 Newspaper articles by George, 1975-2012

Please see oversized series for more newspaper articles by George.

Folder 6 Theatre articles and reviews, 1979-1995

Subseries 2. Published Works, 1974-2006

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials related to Dr. George's published short stories and monographs. The academic works, short story collections, and novels are arranged in chronological order by their publication date. Each title's files contains drafts, marketing materials, reviews, correspondence with the publisher, etc.

Section: Published Short Fiction, 1979-2006

Folder 7 Story of a Male Anima, 1979

Story of a Male Anima was published in the March/April 1981 issue of Nit and Wit (#36-37).

Folder 8 Anagrams, 1980

Anagrams was published in the May 1981 issue of Wind Literary Journal (#41).

Folder 9 Country Tale, 1980-1981

Country Tale was published in 1981 by Valhalla (vol. 7).

Folder 10-11 Too Much Woman, 1990

Too Much Woman was published in the March 1989 issue of Mademoiselle. The story was also published in Japan by the magazine Peach. The story's previous title was Martial Art.

Folder 11 Rusty's, 1988

Rusty's was published in the June 1989 issue of Oklawaha Review (Vol.1 no.1).


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Folder 1 Dance at St. Theresa's

Dance at St. Theresa's was published in the January 1990 issue of Cimarron Review (#90). It was also in Writing: the Translation of Memory edited by Eve Shellnut and published by Macmillan in 1990.

Folder 2 Flight, 1990

Flight was published in the Spring 1990 issue of Great Stream Review (Vol.2 no.1).

Folder 3 Rites of Burial, 1989-1992

Rites of Burial was published in the July 1990 issue of Cimarron Review (#92).

Folder 4 Good News, 1993

Good News was published in the Spring 1993 issue of Loyalhanna Review (Vol.2 no.2).

Folder 5 The Man in the Buick, 1992-1993

The Man in the Buick, was published in the Spring 1993 issue of West Branch (No.31/32).

Folder 6 Things Progress, 1992-1993

Things Progress was published in the July 1993 issue of Cimarron Review (No.104).

Folder 7 Sighting, 1992-1993

Sighting was published in the Spring & Summer 1993 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review (Vol.11 no.3&4).

Folder 8 Weeds, 1992-1993

Weeds was published in the 1993 issue of Gulf Stream Magazine (No.8).

Folder 9 Tractor Accident, 1993-1994

Tractor Accident was published in the March/April 1994 issue of North American Review (Vol.279 no.2).

Folder 10 Small Errands, 1988-1993

Small Errands was published in the Spring 1994 issue of Other Voices (No.20).

Folder 11 Chinese Massage, 1994

Tractor Accident was published in the Fall 1994 issue of West Branch (No.35).

Folder 12 Maria, 1994-1995

Maria was published in the Fall 1995 issue of American Fiction (Vol.7).

Folder 13 Weather Songs, 1995

Weather Songs was published in the Fall 1995 issue of Vignette (Vol.1 no.3).

Folder 14 An Actor Prepares, or Working Up the Part, 1998

An Actor Prepares was published in the May/June & July/August 1998 issue of North American Review (Vol.283 no.3&4). The story also received an honorable mention in the Salt Hill Journal's annual fiction contest.

Folder 15 Heartbreak House, 2000

Heartbreak House was published in the Fall 2000 issue of New Letters (Vol.67 no.1).

Folder 16 A Week in Summer, 2006

A Week in Summer was published 2006 by Amazon.com. The short story is available as part of the Amazon Shorts section of Amazon.

Folder 17 Chill

Chill was published in the March 2010 issue of Spirit Magazine.

Section: Rhythm in Drama, 1974-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

Rhythm in Drama was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1980. This work was adapted from Dr. George's dissertation. In 1986, it was also published by the Shanghai Drama Institute in Chinese.


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Folder 1 Correspondence, 1978-1982
Folder 2 Dissertation - Abstract, 1975
Folder 3 Dissertation - Correspondence and other files, 1974-1976
Folder 4 Dissertation - Original copy, 1975
Folder 5 Dissertation - Prospectus, August 1974
Folder 6 Manuscript catalogue cards
Folder 7 Permissions, 1980-1981
Folder 8 Publicity, 1980-1981
Folder 9 Reviews and other clippings, 1980-1981

Section: Playwriting: the First Workshop, 1991-2007

Scope and Content Notes:

Playwriting: The First Workshop was published by Focal Press in 1994. The text book replicates a workshop experience in developing playwriting skills.

Folder 10 Correspondence, 1991-1994

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Folder 1 Correspondence - Editing and proofs, 1992-1994
Folder 2 Focal Press - Contract and rights, 1992,2007
Folder 3 Permissions, 1989-1994
Folder 4 Responses, 1992-2005
Folder 5 Reviews, 1993-1995
Folder 6 Submissions to other publishers, 1991

Section: The Man in the Buick and Other Stories, 1995-2000

Scope and Content Notes:

The Man in the Buick and Other Stories was published in 1999 by the BkMk Press, in association with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Nearly all of the short stories contained in the book had been previously published in various journals.

Folder 7 Correspondence, 1999-2001
Folder 8 Correspondence - BkMk Press, 1998-1999
Folder 9 Draft
Folder 10 Promotion and marketing, 1998-2000

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Folder 1 Proof
Folder 2 Proof corrections - Individual pages
Folder 3 Publisher pamphlet
Folder 4 Publisher press kit, 1999-2000
Folder 5 Readings and appearances, 1998-2000
Folder 6 Responses, 1999-2000
Folder 7 Reviews, 1999
Folder 8 Submissions to other publishers, 1995-1998

Section: Taken, 1999-2007

Scope and Content Notes:

The novel Taken was published by Delacorte Press in May of 2001. Drafts of this work were titled Pirate's Child. This is the first of several novels that center around the character of Pittsburgh Police detective Richard Christie.

Folder 9 Contracts, 2000-2002
Folder 10 Correspondence, 2001-2002
Folder 11 Correspondence - Publisher, 2001-2004

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Pre-copy edit
Folder 3-4 Draft - Copy edited

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Folder 1 Draft - 2nd, January 2001
Folder 2-3 Draft - Returned production copy, 2000-2001
Folder 4 Dust jacket design
Folder 5 Mystery bookshop newsletters, 2001-2004
Folder 6 Notes
Folder 7 Publicity, 2000-2003

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Folder 1 Readings and appearances, 2001-2004
Folder 2 Reviews and other clippings, 2001-2007
Folder 3 Submissions to other publishers, 1999
Folder 4 Use in University of Pittsburgh English composition course, April 2006

Section: Fallen, 1999-2006

Scope and Content Notes:

The suspense novel Fallen was published in 2004 by Dell. Earlier versions of this work are titled Grief.

Folder 5 Correspondence, 2004
Folder 6-7 Draft

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Grief)
Folder 3-4 Draft - Copy edited with timeline, November 2003

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Folder 1-2 Draft - First galleys, March 2004
Folder 3 Draft - Incomplete, January 24, 2002
Folder 4-5 Draft - Revised, June 2002

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Revised
Folder 3-4 Draft - Second galleys, April 2004
Folder 5 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 2003-2004
Folder 6 Postcard, 2004

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Folder 1-2 Publicity, 2000-2004

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Folder 1 Readings and appearances, 1999-2006
Folder 2 Research, 2001-2003
Folder 3 Reviews and other clippings, 2004

Section: Winter’s Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage, 1994-2006

Scope and Content Notes:

Winter's Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage was published in 2005 by the University of Delaware Press. This academic work examines the similarities between novels and plays that take place over a long time period.

Folder 4 Book launch, March 2006
Folder 5 Book proposal - Unrevised
Folder 6 Chapter summaries and introduction
Folder 7 Commentary, 2003-2005
Folder 8 Draft

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Folder 1 Draft
Folder 2 Draft - Copy edited
Folder 3-4 Draft - Copy edited, May 2004

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Folder 1 Draft - Incomplete Chapter one with corrections
Folder 2 Draft - Incomplete Chapter two with notes
Folder 3 Dust jacket design
Folder 4 Galley proofs - First, December 13, 2004
Folder 5 Galley proofs - Second, 2004-2005
Folder 6-7 Notes

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Folder 1 Notes, 2002
Folder 2 Publicity, 2005-2006
Folder 3 References and index
Folder 4 Research, 1994-1999
Folder 5 Reviews
Folder 6 Submissions to other publishers, 2000-2001
Folder 7 University of Delaware Press, 2000-2005

Section: Afterimage, 2004-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Afterimage was published in 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press. Nearly all of the drafts of this work are titled Watched.

Folder 8 Author's questionnaire, October 14, 2006
Folder 9 Correspondence, 2006
Folder 10-11 Draft (Watched)

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Watched)
Folder 3-4 Draft (Watched)

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Watched)
Folder 3-4 Draft (Watched), April 7, 2006

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Copy edited, April 13, 2007
Folder 3-4 Draft - First galleys with corrections, June 5, 2007
Folder 5 Draft - Incomplete draft titled "Lies"

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Incomplete
Folder 3 Draft - Incomplete set of first galleys with different corrections, June 5, 2007
Folder 4-5 Draft - With short story A Week in Summer

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Folders 1 Notes
Folder 2 Publicity, 2007-2008
Folder 3 Readings and appearances, 2007-2008
Folder 4 Research, 2004-2005
Folder 5 Reviews and other clippings, 2007-2008

Section: The Odds, March 2007

Scope and Content Notes:

The Odds was published in 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press. The book was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award for best novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. Drafts of this work are titled Kids or Hooked.

Folder 6 Amazon preview, 2008
Folder 7 Correspondence, March 8, 2007
Folder 8-9 Draft (Hooked)

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Hooked)
Folder 3-5 Draft

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Folder 1-2 Draft
Folder 3-4 Draft - Copy edited

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Kids) - Early work copy
Folder 3-4 Draft - First galleys, February 2009
Folder 5 Draft - Fragment

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Trimmed (missing pgs. 335-358), November 2008

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Kids) - Work copy
Folder 3 Edgar Allan Poe award nomination, 2010

Please see oversized series for the certificate of nomination.

Folder 4 Publicity, 2008-2011
Folder 5 Readings and appearances, 2008-2011
Folder 6 Research, 2002-2008

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Folder 1-2 Research, 2002-2008
Folder 3 Responses
Folder 4 Reviews, 2009

Section: Pittsburgh Noir, 2004-2012

Scope and Content Notes:

Pittsburgh Noir was published in June 2011 by Akashic Books. The work is a part of the popular Akashic noir series. Kathleen George contributed a short story in addition to editing the book.

Folder 5 Akashic noir series clippings, 2004-2009
Folder 6 Contributors, 2010
Folder 7 Correspondence - Publisher, August 30, 2010
Folder 8-9 Draft
Folder 10 Draft - Duplex by Stewart O’Nan

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Folder 1 Draft - Fragment
Folder 2 Draft - When Johnny Came Shuffling Home by K.C. Constantine, 2010
Folder 3 Publicity, 2011-2012
Folder 4 Readings and appearances, 2011
Folder 5 Reviews and other clippings, 2011-2012

Section: Hideout, 2001-2011

Scope and Content Notes:

The suspense novel Hideout was published in August 2011 by Minotaur Books. Earlier versions of this work are titled Old Bird.

Folder 6 Correspondence, 2011
Folder 7-8 Draft (The Old Bird)
Folder 9-10 Draft - Copy edited

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Folder 1-2 Draft - First galleys, December 14, 2010
Folder 3-4 Draft (The Old Bird) - Revised
Folder 5-6 Draft - Revised

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Folder 1-2 Draft (The Old Bird) - Revised, June 2008
Folder 3-4 Draft - Revised, May 13, 2010
Folder 5 Dust jacket design
Folder 6 Publicity, 2011

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Folder 1 Readings and appearances, 2011-2012
Folder 2 Research, 2001-2008
Folder 3 Reviews and other clippings, 2011
Folder 4 Style sheets

Section: Simple, 2011

Scope and Content Notes:

Simple was published in 2012 by Minotaur Books.

Folder 5 Blog posts
Folder 6 Chapter outlines
Folder 7 Characters
Folder 8-9 Draft

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Folder 1-2 Draft - Copy edited
Folder 3 Draft - Fragment only pages 236-420

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Folder 1-2 Draft - First galleys with corrections, December 2011
Folder 3 Dust jacket copy
Folder 4 Publicity, 2012
Folder 5 Readings and appearances, 2012
Folder 6 Research, 2009
Folder 7 Reviews and other clippings, 2012

Section: A Measure of Blood, 1999-2014

Scope and Content Notes:

A Measure of Blood was published by MysteriousPress.com. It was released on January 14, 2014. Prior to publication, this work was titled And So I'm Leaving.

Folder 8 Acknowledgement
Folder 9-10 Draft (Titled And So I'm Leaving)

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Folder 1-2 Draft (Titled And So I'm Leaving)
Folder 3 Draft - Fragment with corrections
Folder 4 Draft - Fragment with corrections, June 21, 2011
Folder 5-6 Draft - With corrections

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Folder 1-2 Draft - With corrections
Folder 3-4 Draft - With corrections
Folder 5-6 Draft - Galley proofs, September 10, 2013

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Folder 1 Dust jacket
Folder 2 Line edits, May 30, 2013
Folder 3 Notes and chapter summaries, 2010
Folder 4 Publicity
Folder 5 Readings and appearances, 2014
Folder 6 Research, 1999-2009
Folder 7 Reviews and other clippings, 2014

Section: The Johnstown Girls, 1989-2014

Scope and Content Notes:

The Johnstown Girls was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. It was released on April 1, 2014. Kathleen George's goal of writing a novel involving the Johnstown Flood was started about twenty-five years earlier. The drafts of that earlier work are in the Johnstown Stories section of the Unpublished Works subseries.

Folder 8 Character family tree
Folder 9-10 Draft (News of the Flood), June 28, 2007
Folder 11-12 Draft

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Folder 1-2 Draft
Folder 3 Draft
Folder 4-5 Draft - With corrections

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Folder 1-2 Draft - With corrections and notes to assistants
Folder 3-4 Draft - With Christie character

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Folder 1-2 Draft - With possible illustrations
Folder 3 Notes, 2011-2013
Folder 4 Publicity
Folder 5 Readings and appearances, 2014

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Folder 1-3 Research, 1989-2012
Folder 4 Research - A True History of the Johnstown Flood Goodman production draft of the play by Rebecca Gilman, March 22, 2010
Folder 5 Reviews and other clippings, February 2014

Subseries 3. Unpublished Works, 1961-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials related to Dr. George's un-published works. The subseries are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Each title's files contains drafts, research materials, etc.

Section: Break, Heart, 1983


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Folder 6-7 Draft - Handwritten
Folder 8 Draft - Incomplete
Folder 9 Draft (Nightly Awakenings) - Incomplete, 1983

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Folder 1 Draft - With corrections
Folder 2 Draft - With corrections, 1983
Folder 3 Draft - With corrections, 1983
Folder 4 Dramatic version
Folder 5-6 Journal style version

Section: Feast Days, 1991-1999

Scope and Content Notes:

This unfinished novel is an expansion of the published short story Too Much Woman. The work also sometimes referred to or titled after its main character Willa or Willa, the Way She Dances.


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Folder 1 Draft (Willa)
Folder 2-3 Draft, 1992
Folder 4 Draft, May 1993

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Folder 1-2 Draft, 1993
Folder 3 Draft (Planetary Influence), 1996-1998
Folder 4 Draft - Chapter one, six, and ten, 1992
Folder 5 Draft - Chapters ten through seventeen, 1999

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Folder 1 Draft - First person, 1993
Folder 2 Draft - Handwritten with notes
Folder 3 Draft - Handwritten with notes and research, 1991-1993
Folder 4-5 Draft - With notes, 1992
Folder 6 Draft - With revision notes, 1992
Folder 7 Submissions to publishers, 1998

Section: 50 Cross-purposes Improvs for Actors and "The Improv, the Actor, the Writer, the Plot"

Scope and Content Notes:

Please see related improvisation materials in the Teaching subseries of the first series.


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Folder 1 Draft
Folder 2 Draft
Folder 3 Draft
Folder 4 Draft - Incomplete with corrections
Folder 5 Draft - With corrections
Folder 6 Draft - Writers section expanded
Folder 7 Presentation

Section: Getaway, 2000-2001

Scope and Content Notes:

Parts of this unpublished novel were incorporated into the Odds.

Folder 8 Incomplete draft with notes and research, 2000-2001

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Folder 1-2 Research, 2000-2001

Section: Johnstown Stories, 1989-1995

Scope and Content Notes:

Kathleen George began a project to write a story related to the Johnstown Flood as its two hundredth anniversary approached. The anniversary passed and she continued to work and re-work the project over the next twenty plus years. Sometimes the work was simply titled Johnstown Stories, other times as Birth Offerings. In 2014, The Johnstown Girls was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book's release coincided with the Flood's two hundred and twenty fifth anniversary. For drafts and other materials of The Johnstown Girls see the novel's section in the Published Works subseries.

Folder 3 Draft (Birth Offerings)
Folder 4-5 Draft (Birth Offerings)

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Folder 1 Drafts - Incomplete handwritten drafts and outlines
Folder 2 Notes
Folder 3 Research, 1991
Folder 4 Submissions to publishers, 1989-1995

Section: Rites of Burial, 1998-1998

Scope and Content Notes:

Rites of Burial was Kathleen George's first attempt to collect several of short stories into one publication. Early drafts of this work are titled Birth Offerings.

Folder 5 Adaptations of short stories
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1991
Folder 7 Draft - Annotated collection of short stories
Folder 8 Draft - Annotated collection of short stories, 1988
Folder 9 Draft - Annotated collection of short stories, 1998
Folder 10-11 Drafts (Birth Offerings) - Incomplete and handwritten
Folder 12 Notes

Kathleen George adapted this play from the book of the same name. The book itself was written by and related to Bill Manville's Village Voice columns.


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Folder 1 Correspondence, 1980-1981
Folder 2 Draft
Folder 3 Draft
Folder 4 Music (1.0 cassette tape)
Folder 5 Notes and research, 1980-1981

Section: Short Fiction

Scope and Content Notes:

many of these are not dated

Folder 6-7 A-B, 1980-1983

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Folder 1-5 B-C, 1980-2014

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Folder 1-9 D-K, 1979-1983

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Folder 1-5 L-P, 1983-1994

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Folder 1-6 R-W, 1979-1985
Folder 7-9 Unidentified or In progress

Section: A Tony Story, 1983

Scope and Content Notes:

Tony's Story is an unfinished work of children's literature.


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Folder 1 Correspondence with outline and sketches
Folder 2 Short story, 1983

Section: Undergraduate and Graduate writing and other materials, 1961-1964

Scope and Content Notes:

The play A Glass of Wine was produced at the student union during.

Folder 3 A Glass of Wine
Folder 4 *********** Gypsy - Director's submitted report, July 30, 1963
Folder 5 Manfred
Folder 6 Other student work
Folder 7 The Tree House
Folder 8 Undergraduate writing - Brackenridge Hall
Folder 9 Undergraduate writing - Holland Hall, 1964
Folder 10 Undergraduate writing - Pitt Johnstown, 1961
Folder 11 Untitled play
Folder 12 Untitled play

Section: Where Storytellers Meet, 1995

Scope and Content Notes:

This unpublished work is a collection of personal essays on narrative and drama.

Folder 13 Correspondence, January 11, 1995
Folder 14 Drafts
Folder 15 Grant proposal
Folder 16 Reader's report, February 1995

Subseries 4. Writing Related, 1980-2012

Scope and Content Notes:

Within this subseries are materials related to Kathleen George's writing career. These files are not related to a specific work, but do illustrate the immense amount of work that is also required after a work has been written. Included are grant applications, fellowship and award submissions, materials on various writing colonies, conferences, short fiction journal submissions, etc.


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Folder 17 Association of Writers & Writing Programs, February 2011
Folder 18 Bouchercon mystery convention, 2005-2012

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Folder 1 Copyright Office forms - blank
Folder 2 Dance at St. Theresa's - Oral interpretation at Calvin College, October 1993
Folder 3 Fellowships, grants, prizes, awards, etc., 1980-1983
Folder 4-5 Fellowships, grants, prizes, awards, etc., 1989-2000
Folder 6 Fiction workshop, 1986
Folder 7 Kellogg National Fellowship, 1980
Folder 8 Ligonier Valley Writers Conference, 1996, 2006
Folder 9 List of time periods in various short stories
Folder 10-11 Literary agents and editors, 1980-1999
Folder 12 Penwriters conference programs, 2009-11

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Folder 1 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. - Conferences, 2009
Folder 2 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. - Novel prize, 1992-1994, 1998
Folder 3 Places to submit fiction, 2001-2004
Folder 4 Playwriting workshop - University of Northern Colorado, 1993
Folder 5 Poets & Writers Inc., 1980
Folder 6 Ragdale Foundation - Evaluations, February 2006
Folder 7-15 Short story fiction - Submissions for publication and responses, 1980-1989

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Folder 1-12 Short story fiction - Submissions for publication and responses, 1990-1995

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Folder 1-5 Short story fiction - Submissions for publication and responses, 1996-1999
Folder 6 Submissions checklist
Folder 7 Temple University - Reading, 2001
Folder 8 Thrillerfest 2012 panelist, July 2012
Folder 9 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown - Reading, 1997
Folder 10 Website content, 2007-2011
Folder 11 Website content - Restaurant tour, 2011
Folder 12 Writer's colonies and residencies, 1980-2000