Betty Shiflett, professor emerita of the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, was the founding director of the Fiction Writing Department's Story Workshop® Tutoring and Tutor Training program and founder and artistic director of the Visiting Writers program, a forerunner of Story Week. Her work includes the play We Dream of Tours and the musical drama Phantom Rider. Her work has appeared in Life Magazine, Evergreen Review, Fiction and Poetry by Texas Women, Emergence: Writings by Women, Private Arts, F, The Story Workshop Reader, College English, and Writing from Start to Finish. "The Country Barber" was published in American Fiction and translated into Mandarin by the novelist Geling Yan for Sichuan Literature Monthly. Along with John Schultz, in fall 2007 she taught at Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC, helping Fudan set up its first master's in creative writing program in China. She is at work on a memoir as novel, Grassfires.