Teaching Experience

Thomas McNeely is an experienced teacher of fiction writing, literature, and composition courses.  He has taught undergraduate fiction writing at Stanford University as a Jones Lecturer, at Emerson College, and at Clark University.  He is also an experienced instructor of adult fiction writing students at Grub Street Writers, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the Stanford Online Writing Studio.  He currently teaches in the Emerson College Honors Program and the Stanford Online Writing Studio. Below is a summary of his teaching c.v.   EDUCATION Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Emerson College, May 1997 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Texas at Austin, June 1991   PUBLICATIONS Ghost Horse, Gival Press, 2014 Stories in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Story Quarterly, Night Train, New South Non-fiction in Ninth Letter Reviews in The Rumpus, The Boston Book Review, and The Harvard Review.   TEACHING Honors Program Instructor, Emerson College, 2012-present Fiction Writing Instructor, Emerson College, 2008-present Fiction Writing Instructor, Stanford Online Writing Studio, 2012-present Jones Lecturer in Fiction, Stanford University, 2003-2006 Adjunct Professor of Literature, California College of the Arts, 2006 Honors Program, Fiction Writing, Literature, and Composition Instructor, Emerson College, 1997-2001 Fiction Writing Instructor, Grub Street Writers Workshop, 1997-99 Creative Writing Instructor, Clark University, 1999 Composition and Literature Instructor, Suffolk University, 1997-99.   AWARDS Massachusetts Cultural Council, Artist Fellowship Program, Finalist in Fiction, 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose, 2008 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Margaret Bridgman Tuition Scholarship in Fiction, August, 2007 Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship, Stanford University, 2001 – 2003 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residence Grant, 2003 Jesse H. Jones Creative Writing Fellowship, J. Frank Dobie Paisano Fellowship Project, 2000 St. Botolph’s Foundation Grant-in-Aid, 2000 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1999 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, August...

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Lighthouse Writers Lit Fest 2014

June 7 & 8, 2014, at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop 9th Annual Lit Fest in Denver, Colorado, I will be teaching two weekend-long intensive workshops, The Art of Intimacy (based on Stacey D’Erasmo’s brilliant book of the same title) and a special class on revision, Losing Yourself, Finding Your Voice. If you happen to be in Denver, drop by!  Course descriptions below: The Art of Intimacy:  How do great writers portray intimacy of all kinds in their fiction?  How do they create an intimate relationship between their stories and readers?  How do we as writers portray complex intimate relationships between our characters?  How do we build relationships with our readers through tone, point of view, and revelation (or withholding) of information?  On the first day of this workshop, we will write to expand the possibilities of intimate relationships between our characters.  On the second day, we will experiment with different narrative approaches to produce relationships with readers.  All students will be required to read a short book of criticism and craft, The Art of Intimacy, by award-winning novelist Stacey D’Erasmo, before the class.  The book will also be available for purchase at the book fair. Losing Yourself, Finding Your Voice:  Often, what is getting in the way of writing the stories that matter to us the most is ourselves – our preconceived notions of what these stories mean, and how we want to tell them.  In this intensive workshop, we will consider how work which is stalled can be revived both structurally and by challenging some of your stories’ central assumptions about their meaning.  On day one, we will engage in exercises in observation and attentive listening, and writing exercises which challenge you as a writer to assume unfamiliar voices.  On day two, we will discuss your work, brainstorm new approaches, and write from new perspectives and approaches to revive your work.  All students will be required to send me a maximum of ten pages of fiction from the project you wish to focus on in the class.  I will distribute these passages to the class before we meet....

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Blog Tour

Here is the link to the Ghost Horse TLC Blog Tour, with links to each stop. http://tlcbooktours.com/2014/08/thomas-mcneely-author-of-ghost-horse-on-tour-august-2014/  

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