Paula Whyman's work has been supported by fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and VCCA, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her stories are forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, and Gargoyle. Her fiction was selected for the anthology Writes of Passage: Coming-of-Age Stories and Memoirs from The Hudson Review (Ivan R. Dee); as well as the Delmarva Review; Gargoyle; Bethesda Magazine; North Dakota Quarterly; the Virgin Fiction award anthology (Morrow/Weisbach); Schaum (an arts journal published in Germany); Gravity Dancers; and Redux. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2014 edition) for a story that appeared in The Gettysburg Review, and she was recently selected to be an artist-in-residence at The Studios of Key West.
In Mansfield Studio at MacDowell Colony; photo by Jo Eldredge Morrissey
Ms. Whyman's commentary has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Her humor essays have appeared in the Washington Post’s Style and Food sections, and the Sunday magazine. Her mini-interviews have appeared in The Rumpus.
She has been a visiting writer for the Pen/Faulkner Foundation's Writers in Schools program in Washington, DC, and The Hudson Review's Writers in Schools/College Now program in New York. Her fiction is part of the curriculum at The Young Women's Leadership School in Harlem. She has led literature classes at Politics & Prose, the independent bookstore in Washington, DC.
She created and wrote the weekly column, Semi-Charmed Life: Surviving at the Center of the Universe, which was featured on Bethesda Magazine's website. Ms. Whyman is also the creator and editor of Bethesda World News, an online parody newspaper.
Ms. Whyman was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated with an MFA in literature from The American University, where she received the Myra Sklarew Thesis Award. Before attending graduate school, she was a book development editor with the American Psychological Association, as well as a bar-back, a meeting planner, an editor of cheesy real estate guides, a clerk in a custom T-shirt and gag emporium, a camp counselor, and a Solid Gold dancer. She has always been a writer.