Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Cameron McWhirter

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Decatur, GA
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Cameron McWhirter is a nonfiction writer and author Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America (Henry Holt, 2011). Since 2010, McWhirter has covered politics and general news across the American South for The Wall Street Journal. He has written for numerous other publications including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Detroit News and the Harvard Review. He has been a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and a Thomas J. Watson fellow in Eritrea and the Sudan.

While at MacDowell, Cameron worked with colleague and MacDowell Fellow Zusha Elinson to finish their co-authored manuscript, American Gun, a nonfiction book about the full history and societal impact of “the gun that divided America” – the AR-15 rifle.



Cameron McWhirter worked in the Kirby studio.

Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…

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