Mark Farrington, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer
Mark Farrington is the Program Director for the new Teaching Writing Program. He was previously Assistant Director and Fiction Advisor in the Johns Hopkins M.A. in Writing Program, where he taught for twelve years. He has also taught creative writing, composition, technical writing and literature at George Mason University and first-year writing at Mary Washington College. He taught High School English and Dramatics at Abington Friends School, and also taught creative writing to students in grades 4 through 6 during a one-year appointment as writer-in-the-schools, a program funded by the Massachusetts Arts Council. For more than twenty years, he has been a Teacher/Consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a member of their advisory board. Three times he received the M.A. in Writing Program’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and has also received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Advanced Academic Programs.
Farrington has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from George Mason University, and a B.A. in English and American Literature from Colby College, graduating cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He has published several articles on the teaching of writing, most notably in the NWP Quarterly and Voice. His short fiction has appeared in Carve, The Louisville Review, The New Virginia Review, The Potomac Review, Union Street Review, and other journals.
His short story, “Motherlove,” won an Editor’s Choice Award in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Another story, “My Father’s Court”, won second place in the Dame Alice Throckmorton Prize. His short fiction has been anthologized in Confessions: Fact or Fiction, in Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Area Guys, in October Mountain: An Anthology of Berkshire Writers, and in The Third Berkshire Anthology. Farrington has also won a Virginia Commission on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship, the Dan Rudy Fiction Prize, and the Metroversity Fiction Award. “Motherlove” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
A native of New England, Farrington now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Christina and their springer spaniel Maddie.