William H. Coles, MD, MS, has studied fiction in workshops with more than seventy-five authors, editors, and professors of fiction writing. He reviewed poetry for the Journal of the American Medical Association and won the Callenwolde Prize (Atlanta) for best poem (”Unwed Girl”). His debut novel, The Surgeon’s Wife, was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and has had >90,000 online readers. He recently published The Illustrated Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 and Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide; two graphic stories. and has won numerous awards in the William Faulkner Creative Writing (2007-2016), The Sandhills Writers’ Competition, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2010).
He is a former ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular trauma who served as Department Chairman, State University of New York; Regent for the American College of Surgeons; President Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology. He lives in Salt Lake City and has lectured internationally on surgery, Georgian antique furniture, jazz, poetry, and creative writing. He has held academic appointments at Louisiana State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Emory University School of Medicine, and State University of New York at Buffalo where he is presently Professor Emeritus. He created the website www.storyinliteraryfiction.com with resources to create literature as an art form. He teaches writing of literary fiction stories online in a workshop and tutorial.