Earlier this year, Writers’ Program instructor Victoria Patterson was selected as a finalist for The Story Prize for her collection of short stories called Drift.

In his review for the OC Weekly, Matt Coker says this: “Drift is one of those books you can’t put down. It looks at the people on the fringes in Newport Beach, whose stereotypical inhabitant is the plastic, the trophied and the nouveau riche. Patterson’s stories show you don’t have to be a juvie from Chino to feel out of place in the OC.”

Victoria has been an instructor in the Writers’ Program since 2008. “Teaching for the Writers’ Program has been a rewarding experience mainly because of the students. Thoughtful, diverse, respectful, and with much life experience, they bring an incredible energy to the classroom. Thanks for all.”

Congratulations, Victoria! What a wonderful honor.

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