Dinty W. Moore

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Dinty W. Moore worked as a journalist, a documentary filmmaker, a zookeeper, a modern dancer, and a Greenwich Village waiter before realizing he wanted to be a writer. He is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize, the writing guide Crafting the Personal Essay, and is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, among many other books. Moore has published essays and stories in Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review and elsewhere. Moore founded Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, twenty years ago and continues to edit the journal, publishing award-winning and emerging writers and reaching a wide international audience of readers.  


Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir (Ten Speed Press, 2017)
Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals, (Ten Speed Press, 2015)
Between Panic and Desire (University of Nebraska Press, American Lives Series, 2008)
The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (Pearson Longman, 2006)
Toothpick Men (Mammoth Books, 1999)
The Accidental Buddhist (Algonquin Books, 1997)
The Emperor's Virtual Clothes (Algonquin Books, 1995)


Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005)
Catholic Girls (Plume, 1992)
Prizes won: 

Stanley Lindberg Award for Literary Editing, Rainier Writing Workshop/Pacific Lutheran University. Presented annually to an editor who encourages

excellence in writing and performs outstanding editorial production; Nancy Dasher Award, Ohio College English Association, Best Book, Creative                            Writing Category, Between Panic and Desire; Grub Street Literary Center (Boston) National Book Prize for Nonfiction, Between Panic and Desire; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship; National Endowment for the Arts, Literature Fellowship for Fiction Writing

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Last update: May 03, 2019