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About Bess Winter

Bess has taught cross-genre courses in creative writing, as well as intermediate and advanced fiction. At StoryStudio Chicago she led topic-specific courses such as "Writing the Object" and "The Last Ten Percent" (revision). At EIU, she teaches introductory through graduate-level creative writing and fiction workshops. She's also Editor-in-Chief of the English Department's international literary magazine, Bluestem. She particularly enjoys organizing student readings and open mics, and encouraging her students to write in, and engage with, cross-disciplinary spaces on campus.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University English
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Present member, Midwest Popular Culture Association
Present member, The Authors' Guild
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Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Intermediate Fiction
  • Advanced Fiction
  • Advanced Dramatic Writing
  • Graduate Writing Workshop
  • Creative Writing Professionalization

Education

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M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
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B.A., Mount Allison University
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Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
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Contact Information

Office: 3576 - Coleman Hall

Fall 2020 Office Hours (all virtual): Mondays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.