Teachers of Creative Writing Who Identify as LGBTQ

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Creative writing is the art of imaginative story telling. It requires the ability to convey the writer's unique voice, develop original ideas, present interesting characters in an interesting setting, and develop an engaging storyline. The output can be short story, narrative essay, novel, poetry, movie and television scripts, or memoir. Creative writing is all about using one's imagination and creativity to express ideas and thoughts in a way which is personal to the individual writer.

Creative writing programs at Colleges, Universities and other higher education institutions are very popular. Many such institutions have gained a high reputation for their programs in creative writing. LGBTQ-friendly creative writing programs may include LGBTQ literature, gender & sexuality studies, and faculty. The course curriculum and anthology will be queer inclusive.

This relationship to the community will welcome and inspire a cohort of students to learn the secrets to conveying their own creative stories. The student output has the potential to further enrich the LGBTQ anthology.

We have identified many LGBTQ-identified teachers and instructors in Creative Writing.

Australia

  • Alistair McCartney, Professor of fiction at Antioch University's MFA in Creative Writing Program,

Canada

  • Beth Brant, writer. Recipient of the Canada Council Award in Creative Writing
  • A. M. Dellamonica, teaches Creative Writing at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Camilla Gibb, adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Guelph-Humber and the University of Toronto.
  • Sky Gilbert, playwright. Teaches Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph
  • Larissa Lai, directs The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.
  • Betsy Warland, o-founded the national Creative Writer nonfiction Collective.

Great Britain

  • Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University.
  • Richard House, novelist and teacher of Creative Writing at University of Birmingham.
  • Andrew McMillan, lecturer in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University.

Greece

  • Olga Broumas, Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University.

Ireland

  • Colm Toibin, novelist and Professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Israel

  • Evan Fallenberg, teaches creative writing and literary translation at Bar-Ilan University.

Jamaica

  • Nalo Hopkinson, Associate Professor in Creative Writing, University of California at Riverside.

Mexico

  • Benjamin Alire Saenz, novelist and teacher at the University of Texas, El Paso in creative writing.

New Zealand

Scotland

  • Jackie Kay, Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Tanzania

  • Mark Behr, Professor of Creative Writing at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

United States

  • Rane Ramon Arroyo, Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Toledo
  • Ellis Avery, teacher of creative writing at Columbia University, and formerly at University of California at Berkeley.
  • Judith Barrington, former faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  • Barrie Jean Borich, member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department/MA in Writing & Publishing Program at Chicago’s DePaul University.
  • Elizabeth Bradfield, teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.
  • Jericho Brown, Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
  • Chloe Caldwell, teaches creative nonfiction at Catapult/Electric Literature and Gotham Writer's Workshop in New York.
  • Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director of Grub Street, an independent creative writing center.
  • Nona Caspers, Professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.
  • Ching-in Chen, teaches creative writing at Sam Houston State University.
  • Michael Cunningham, author and Senior Lecturer of creative writing at Yale University.
  • Emily M. Danforth, teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College in Providence.
  • Meg Day, Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania.
  • Samuel R. Delany, author and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.
  • Carolina De Robertis, Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
  • Hannah Ensor, Assistant Professor of creative writing at Michigan State University.
  • Miriam Bird Greenberg, teacher of creative writing and Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University.
  • Matthew Griffin, taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Iowa and Walters State Community College.
  • Rob Halpern, NEA Creative Writing Fellow.
  • Eloise Klein Healy, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, Antioch University and its Founding Chair, MFA in Creative Writing.
  • Andrew Holleran, author. Teaches creative writing at American University in Washington, DC
  • Fenton Johnson, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
  • Rosamond S. King, teaches courses in Caribbean and African literature, creative writing, sexuality, performance, and immigrant literature.
  • Sandra Gail Lambert, NEA Creative Writing Fellow.
  • David Leavitt, member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Florida.
  • Brian Leung, Professor and Director of Creative Writing, Purdue University.
  • Paul Lisicky, currently teaches at Rutgers University, and former teacher of Creative Writing at Cornell University, The University of Houston, Antioch University, Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers–Newark and New York University.
  • Jeff Mann, teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Roya Marsh, poet and creative writing teacher.
  • Richard McCann, former professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University.
  • Adam McOmber, teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
  • John McManus, Associate Professor of creative writing at Old Dominion University (North Virginia) and Goddard College (Vermont).
  • Rahul Mehta, teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts.
  • Joon Oluchi Lee, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design.
  • James Polchin, teaches creative non-fiction at New York University.
  • Martin Pousson, recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts in Creative Writing.
  • Jonathan Parks-Ramage, lectured on journalism and creative non-fiction at Fordham University.
  • Lev Raphael, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Michigan State University.
  • Darieck Scott, researcher in creative writing.
  • Edmund White, author. Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University.
  • Emerson Whitney, teaches in the BFA creative writing program at Goddard College.

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