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Binghamton (State University of New York)

This school offers a good program in fiction writing. John Gardner teaches there because of its fine reputation.

California State University, Chico

This school is one of John Gardner's earliest academic posts as a professor of English. His student, the noted author Raymond Carver, describes Gardner as a generous mentor there.

Independent Literary Agents Association (ILAA)

This is a New York-based organization providing information on reliable agents for writers.

Iowa Writers' Workshop

John Gardner considers this institution the best young writer's hothouse. He attends it after college, graduate school, and work towards a Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins

This is home to an excellent writing program, headed by John Barth, who gathers writers of like mind, favoring the new and strange.

Alfred A. Knopf

The first publisher to whom John Gardner brings a novel, this is a highly respected house resistant to profoundly...

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