William Haywood Henderson

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William Haywood Henderson

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William Haywood Henderson earned a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in creative writing from Brown University, and attended Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing. He is the author of three novels: Native, The Rest of the Earth, and Augusta Locke. He has taught creative writing at Brown, Harvard, the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Ashland University. At Lighthouse, he directs the Book Project and teaches the Advanced Novel Workshop and the Novel Bootcamp.


What William looks for in a Book Project mentee: Though his own writing is literary, William Henderson works with writers in all genres of fiction. He looks for writers who demonstrate a clear, individual vision, a unique voice, and a passion for the story they’re telling. His guidance is geared toward helping students reach the full potential of their talent, from subtext to beauty to complexity. He loves writers who take risks in pursuit of their art.

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Lighthouse Blog

Q&A with Book Project Grad Ted McCombs

May 07, 2020

Now that applications for the Book Projec

Lighthouse Blog

Alex Lemon on Memoir, Poetry, and Kitties

December 19, 2017

We lured Alex Lemon—poet, memoirist, English professor at Texas Christian University—to teach at Lighthouse with the