I’m Blair Hurley and I received my A.B. from Princeton University in Creative Writing and my M.F.A. from NYU. My debut novel, The Devoted, is available August 21st from W.W. Norton & Company. I have stories published or forthcoming in The Georgia Review, West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, and elsewhere. I’m the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of residencies fellowships from Hawthornden Castle, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center.
I’ve been teaching creative writing and working with writers on their manuscripts for a number of years. I’ve taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, Endicott College, Lesley University, and at McMaster University. I teach novel-writing classes at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.
I’m dedicated to helping fellow writers bring out the full potential of their work. I know what it’s like to struggle and sweat over a manuscript to bring it to fruition. And I know how the patient, steady work of revision can re-imagine a piece. Many of my stories that have found publication success started in very different forms; it takes both patience, vision, and often a little help from another pair of eyes to perfect a piece.