Gwen Goodkin writes fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, teleplays and stage plays. Her short story collection, “A Place Remote,” will be published by West Virginia University Press in 2020. Her essay collection "Mass for the Shut Ins" was named a finalist for Eyewear Publishing's Beverly Prize. She has won the Folio Editor's Prize for Fiction as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Gwen’s novel, "The Plant," was named a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress competition. Her TV pilot script, "The Plant," based on her own novel-in-progress was named a quarterfinalist for Cinestory's TV/Digital retreat. She won the Silver Prize (Short Script) for her screenplay "Winnie," based on her own short story, in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.
Gwen has attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Three-Week Summer Intensive Session, the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley’s Fiction Workshop. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has also studied at the Universität Heidelberg. Gwen was born and raised in Ohio and now lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband and daughters.