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 the manuscript for American Gun, a nonfiction book about the full history and societal impact of “the gun that divided America” – the AR-15 rifle.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Cameron McWhirter worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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