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Writers at Work Videotapes

Identifier: MSS-339-BC

Scope and Content

The Writers at Work collection consists of six lectures by noted American, and particularly Southwestern, novelists. The lectures were presented in 1978 and 1979 before audiences from the University of New Mexico Departments of English and Continuing Education as part of a class titled "Writers at Work." Each presentation is introduced by New Mexico author Stanley Crawford. Master recordings are on seven 3/4" video tapes, with each lecture on one tape except for Richard Bradford's, which is on two tapes. Access copies of the recordings are cataloged in the CSWR general collection.


  • 1978-1979

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Access Restrictions

The collection consists of master videotapes which may not be viewed. DVD copies are cataloged for use by patrons under the call no. ZIM CSWR PS283 N6 W74 1978.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distripution.


The Writers at Work collection consists of video recordings of lectures by American fiction writers. The following is a list of the authors who spoke and the topics they discussed:

Waters, Frank (1902-1995). Waters is known for his novels and nonfiction works pertaining to Native Americans and the American Southwest. His lecture concerned the differences between writing "fact and fancy," or non-fiction and fiction.

Hughes, Dorothy B. (1904-1993). Hughes, a poet and novelist known for her crime fiction, was a student and teacher at the University of New Mexico. In her lecture, Hughes discussed the importance of writing apprenticeships and the length of time it takes to become a good writer.

Stern, Richard Martin (1915-). Stern, a novelist who specializes in mysteries and disaster stories, gave tips for good writing in his lecture.

Zollinger, Norman (1921-). Zollinger is known for his book Riders to Cibola (1978), about a New Mexico ranch family. In his lecture he described how Riders to Cibola was written, and, particularly, the history of its publication by the Albuquerque Museum.

Zelazny, Roger (1937-1995). Zelazny was a renowned science fiction writer. He spoke about the history of the science fiction genre and its theoretical underpinnings.

Bradford, Richard (1932-). Bradford, a novelist, achieved success with his first novel Red Sky at Morning (1968). His lecture discussed the benefits of creative writing classes.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)


The Writers at Work Videotapes are six lectures by noted fiction writers delivered at the University of New Mexico's English Department.

Related Archival Material

Frank Waters Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Oral history interviews with Frank Waters Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Oral history interview with Dorothy B. Hughes Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Norman Zollinger Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico


Videotapes 1-2b and 4-6 listed in contents list are 3/4 inch VHS which have been converted to DVD for patrons use under call no. ZIM CSWR PS 283 N6 W74 1978. Videotape 3 has also been reformatted to DVD and is available in Box 1.
Finding Aid of the Writers at Work Videotapes, 1978-1979
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131