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Cedarville Professor Awarded Writing Grant

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Cedarville Professor Awarded Writing Grant

Greg Belliveau, assistant professor of English at Cedarville University, was one of five authors awarded a grant by the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck / Cedarville University.

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

February 2, 2009

Cedarville, Ohio—Writers aren’t easily satisfied. Naturally curious, they ask tough questions and investigate the endless possibilities our world has to offer. “Fiction is all about ‘what if,’” shares Greg Belliveau, “and I explore that.”

Belliveau, assistant professor of English at Cedarville University, submitted the first 50 pages of his unpublished novel “Collision” to the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and was awarded one of five $4,000 grants. More than 250 authors submitted their works.

“The beauty of the fellowship — and the terror of it,” says Belliveau, “is that a writer’s work is reviewed on the quality of the prose and not on reputation or previously published works.”

The grant also helped catch the attention of Foundry Literary and Media, a top-tier New York literary agency that has chosen to represent Belliveau.

Being in the top five of more than 250 authors is a big deal, but Belliveau is realistic. “It’s humbling,” he states, “and the stakes are now higher for my work, pushing me to be the best writer I can be.”

Belliveau has previously published a work of nonfiction titled “Say to This Mountain: The Life of James T. Jeremiah” and a work of fiction titled “Go Down to Silence.”

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