Wendy Dinwiddie is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama, where she is a Local Spotlight Editor for the Black Warrior Review. She is an Assistant Director of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival as well as the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Mountain Writers.

She has taught workshops to young writers in many venues including the University of Alabama’s Creative Writing Club, the It’s Good 2 Be Young in the Mountains Conference, the Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop, and the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop.

She currently lives in Tuscaloosa where she is working on her novel in progress, the story of a young girl whose mother tells her on her 13th birthday, by way of explaining her father’s absence, that he is sometimes a catfish. The unfolding story braids together the tale of an above-average catfish and the mystery of a woman whose body was discovered in the lake. Wendy likes to think of it as Big Fish meets Fried Green Tomatoes. 

Find her on Twitter @wendy_dinwiddie.