Gail Galloway Adams

Gail Galloway Adams is the author of The Purchase of Order which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The collection’s title story was anthologized in The Prentice Hall Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Literature. 

A retired Professor Emeritus from West Virginia University where she taught creative writing and literature in the English Department, Gail is the winner of numerous teaching honors, among them the C.A.S.E.award from The Carnegie Institute for Teaching Excellence. Before that she held the post of the McGee Professorship of Creative Writing at Davidson University.



Gail has been the fiction editor of Arts &Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Culture and for Potomac Review in addition to reviewing manuscripts for various presses. she has also taught workshops in many venues that include writers’ conferences such as Sun Coast, Sand Bridge and Wildacres Writers’ Retreat. She’s read her work at AWP, The American Place Theater, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, North Carolina Writers Conference, and Emory University and many others.


Gail has published in The Georgia Review, North American Review, Gulf Coast, Story, Kenyon Review, among many others. She has been cited as notable in Best American Short Stories. “Inside Dope” was selected for Editor’s Choice VI. 

She has served as a judge for a number of writing contests that include The Flannery O’Connor, Award, Associated Writing Program Awards in Short Story, and The Thomas Wolfe Prize. 

Gail now lives in Texas in a restored 1853 farmhouse on family land.

Nancy Zafris and her incredible team of co-instructors offer the finest writing workshop in the country.  Their week-long program provides detailed feedback on your novel, craft lectures and exercises that sharpen your skills, and a supportive atmosphere in which to create and explore.  No where else will you find the same instructor/student ratio and the dedication to making you a better writer.

I had the privilege to work one on one with Gail Adams.  Her detailed edits and encyclopedic knowledge helped me reach a new understanding of what was lacking from my novel, the good things about it, and the way forward.  

-- Bruce Hartnell