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Out of the Mountains - Meredith Sue Willis
Call Number: F WILLIS
ISBN: 9780821419199
Publication Date: 2010-07-27

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Only Great Changes - Meredith Sue Willis
Call Number: F WILLIS
ISBN: 0965404315
Publication Date: 1997-03-01


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Meredith Sue Willis (1946 - ) Shinnston, Harrison County

Meredith Sue Willis was born in Shinniston, WV. Even though she currently lives in New Jersey, the West Virginia coal town is the one she calls home. Memories and observations from her life in West Virginia are recycled in her stories, books, and poems. Willis’ father, a teacher, worked in the Shinnston mines between college semesters while he was a student at Fairmont State College and West Virginia University. Her mother is a coal miner’s daughter, college graduate, and educator too.

Writing and teaching are large components of Willis’ life. She carries titles like “writer-in-the- schools,” “adjunct faculty member,” “author,” “writing workshop presenter,” “teacher” and “course designer”. Her website discusses spiritual and ethical issues along with literary ones. On her website, Willis provides how to write advice and literary discussions.

Willis has participated in antiwar and civil rights demonstrations along with conducting writing workshops with teachers, students, and aspiring writers. 



A Space Apart (1979, 2005)
Higher Ground (1981, 1998)
Only Great Changes (1985, 1998)
Trespassers (1997)
Oradell at Sea (2002)
The City Built of Starships (2005)

The Secret Super Powers of Marco (1994. 1995. 2001)
Marco's Monster (1996, 2001)
Billie of Fish House Lane (2006).

In the Mountains of America (1994)
Dwight's House and Other Stories (2004)
Out of the Mountains (2010)
Re-Visions: Stories from Stories (2011)

Personal Fiction Writing: A Guide to Writing from Real Life for Teachers, Students, and Writers (2000 & 1984)
Blazing Pencils: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Essays (1990)
Deep Revision: A Guide for Teachers, Students, and Other Writers (1993)
Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel (2010)

Articles about Willis

  • Meredith Sue at ease
    Anderson, Belinda, “Meredith Sue at Ease.” Artworks, Winter 2002-2003. West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
  • Life Story by Meredith Sue Willis
    Provides insight to Willis’ thinking while she was a student at Barnard in 1968 and reflects briefly on her experiences there and current life.
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