Writer, Editor, Teacher.


S. Kirk Walsh is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Austin, Texas. Her fiction & essays have appeared in Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times, Longreads, among many other publications. Her book reviews have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is at work on a historical novel titled The Elephant of Belfast, which is inspired by events that took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during World War II.

Here, you can learn more about her writing, editing services, nine-month workshop, and Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that she founded with a group of other writers in 2007 and provides free writing workshops for students (6–18) in the greater Austin area.




Interested in reading Kirk’s fiction, nonfiction, or book reviews? Follow the link below to a list of selected pieces. (Above: Photo from the wedding day of Kirk and her husband, Michael, with Michael’s best man, Dan, who died of AIDS in 2004. Kirk wrote her friendship with Dan and all that he taught her in this Longreads essay that was published in January 2018.) 

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9-Month workshop

Learn more about Kirk’s nine-month fiction workshop at Big Medium Gallery at Canopy in East Austin. She begins to accept new writers in late June/early July. (Application is necessary & space is limited.) Over the past four years, many accomplished authors have visited the workshop (in person or via skype), including Rick Moody, Margaret Sexton, Elizabeth McCracken, Karan Mahajan, Karen Olsson, Dominic Smith, Julie Buntin, Garth Greenwell, and Victor LaValle.

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