Tie Ning (1957.9—), born in Beijing, is a Chinese author with her ancestral hometown in Zhaoxian County, Hebei province. She is currently the Chairperson of the China Writers’ Association.
Tie Ning spent her childhood and adolescence in Baoding, Hebei. Upon graduation from high school in 1975 when the Cultural Revolution was in its final stages, she was sent to work in the countryside. That same year, her high school composition, The Flying Sickles, appeared in a book of children’s literature published by Beijing Publishing House. Over the next four years, while she remained in the countryside, her short stories appeared in literary magazines such as “Shanghai Literature” and “Hebei Literature and Art.” In 1979, she returned to the city of Baoding to work as a fiction editor for “Huashan” (literally “Bloom Mountain”), a literary magazine run by the Baoding branch of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC). In 1980, she published Night Path, a collection of short stories. In 1982, she received the National Award for Excellent Short Story for Oh, Xiangxue (literally “fragrant snow”, the name of the heroin). In 1983, she received the National Award for Excellent Novella for The Red Shirt Without Buttons, which was adapted into the film The Girl in Red by director, Lu Xiaoya. The film received the Best Feature Film Award of both the Golden Rooster Award and the Hundred Flowers Award, the two top film awards in China. In 1984, she received the National Award for Excellent Short Story for The Topic of June and became a full-time writer as well as vice chairperson of the Hebei provincial branch of CFLAC. Her novella, Haystacks, received an award for 1986-87 “Selected Novellas”. In 1988, she adapted her novella, Country Road, Take Me Home, for a movie of the same title directed by Wang Haowei. Also in 1988, she published her novel, The Rose Gate. In 1989, Wang Haowei directed a movie based on Oh, Xiangxue, which received the International Children and the Youth Center Award of the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. In 1994, she published The City Without Rain, a novel. In 1996, she became the Chairperson of the Hebei provincial branch of China Writers’ Association. Also in 1996, Collected Works of Tie Ning (five volumes) was published. In 1998, Women’s White Night, a collection of her essays, received the 1st Lu Xun Literature Prize. In 2000, The Bathing Women, a novel, was published. In 2001, her novella How Long is Forever? received the 2nd Lu Xun Literature Prize. In 2005, Stupid Flower, a novel, was published. In November 2006, she became the third Chairperson of the China Writers’ Association, following Mao Dun and Ba Jin. In 2007, Collected Works of Tie Ning (nine volumes) was published. Her other publications include essay collections such as The Grass Ring, Long Street, Short Dream, Quality Time Together, Daughter of the River, etc.