Tony Ardizzone

Writer • Teacher • Editor


Tony Ardizzone is available to work with both creative writing workshops and groups as well as individuals seeking advice about their manuscripts. His goal in teaching writing is to enable the individual writer to become her or his own best editor.

Ardizzone has taught creative writing and related courses at Bowling Green State University, Old Dominion University, the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He has given readings and lectures and led workshops at scores of American universities, literary festivals, and creative writing conferences. His work in the classroom has been published in several texts, including What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers and Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers & Teachers.


Ardizzone designed and developed Old Dominion's creative writing program and for nine years served as its program director as well as the frequent director of its annual week-long literary festival. At Indiana he served as the administrative consultant to the Indiana Review and two terms as Director of Creative Writing while teaching courses in creative writing, the craft of fiction, 20th century American fiction, ethnic American literature, creative writing pedagogy, and literary interpretation. In 2005 he was selected for the Sonneborn Award, given annually to a faculty member for exemplary research and teaching. The following year he was named Chancellor's Professor of English, a title given to faculty who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in teaching and research.

Ardizzone served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. He was the managing editor of three volumes of AWP’s Intro series, an annual anthology of the best fiction and poetry written by students in creative writing programs. Severl years later, after AWP could no longer carry the series, Ardizzone founded, organized, and served as the managing editor of the Intro Journals Project, which continues to this day to publish student-written poetry and fiction in several nationally recognized literary magazines. In 2005, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Indiana University’s MFA Program, he edited the anthology The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop, which featured the work of twenty-one former Indiana University MFA graduates. He has twice served as a finalists judge for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize (both times advancing manuscripts that received the award) , as well as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award Series in the Novel. He has served as a panelist on the Fiction Fellowship Selection Committtee for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Individual Artists Fellowship Program (fiction and nonfiction) for the Illinois Arts Council, and the Individual Artists Fellowship Program (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) for the Ohio Arts Council. Ardizzone has worked as a manuscript consultant for several university and trade presses, including Bedford/St. Martin's, Viking Penguin, Addison Wesley Longman, Prentice Hall, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, and Scott Foresman & Company. Recently the Danish Poets and Fiction Writers' Association appointed him as a mentor for one of its scholarship students. He has also served as a juror for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by New York's Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Graduate fiction theses he has directed have been published by trade, university, and independent presses and have received the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Flanner O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the Grace Paley Award in Short Fiction, among other honors, as well as achieved finalist status for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Fiction and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Prize. Several individual short stories from these graduate theses have appeared in Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South: the Year's Best, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops as well as a wide range of notable literary magazines and anthologies.

Internationally, Ardizzone has taught at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, as part of a faculty exchange sponsored by the United States Information Agency. While in Morocco he lectured on the craft of fiction and also gave readings and lectures at universities in Casablanca, Rabat, and Fez. He also participated in an American Studies conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where once again he read from his work and lectured on the writing of fiction. Recently he has traveled repeatedly to Italy for research on a novel in progress. In 2016 he was the featured fiction writer at the international conference "Re-Mapping Italian America: Places, Cultures, Identities," held at the University of Rome Tre, where literary critics from both Europe and North America discussed and presented papers about his novels and short stories. While in Italy in 2016 he met with students at both the University of Rome Tre and the University of Siena, several of whom have chosen Ardizzone's work as the topics for their graduate theses. Since 1975 Ardizzone has conducted creative writing workshops and given fiction readings as well as lectures on the craft of writing and related literary topics at scores of North American colleges and universities.