Creative Writing Institute



John Dufrense 

John Dufresne

John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, and the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and Requiem, Mass. His books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs. He’s the editor of the anthology Blue Christmas. His short stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories, in 2007 and 2010. His play Trailerville was produced at the Blue Heron Theater in New York in 2005. He’s a professor at Florida International University in Miami. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction. His new novel is No Regrets, Coyote.

Interview with John Dufresne



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Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong. For more information about him, please visit:





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Terri Witek

Terri Witek is the Sullivan Chair of Writing at Stetson University and the author of Exit Island, The Shipwreck Dress, Carnal World , Fools and Crows, Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self . Her collaborations with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries or site-specific projects in New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere. A professor of English at Stetson University, her summer faculty positions have included the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Prague Summer Literary Program and the DisQuiet program in Lisbon, where she runs “The Fernando Pessoa Game.”



Audrey Colombe

Audrey Colombe

Audrey Colombe is a fiction writer and faculty member at University of Tampa, where she teaches fiction and American Literature.  Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Review, Puerto del Sol, The Sun, and many other literary magazines. She lives in Tampa and in Tidewater, Oregon.

Fractured narratives can be broken along a number of lines--the standard story elements are game, as are the simple stylistic elements in our literary stories, like the paragraph. For short fiction, metafictional approaches (fiction that comments on fiction) can be fun to manipulate and invite a somewhat subversive approach to the subject, in this case the digital humanities and the trope of the silent author. Short short fiction is a tight puzzle. As long as is cracks open the world--almost like a poem can--it has possibility.


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Thomas Barden

Thomas Barden

One-time Lecturer

Thomas E. Barden knows what makes a good story. The University of Toledo English professor specializes in American folklore and oral tradition. His early scholarship includes coediting Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves (Indiana University Press, 1980). He also edited Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War, missives for Newsday by the writer, published earlier this year by University of Virginia Press. One of Barden's six books, Virginia Folk Legends University of Virginia Press, 7991), is in its ninth edition. It won his school's Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Other campus recognition for Barden: the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Edith Rathbun Award for Outreach and Engagement.



Robert A. Taylor, Ph.D. 

Dr. Robert A. Taylor is Professor of History and Head of the Humanities and Communication Department here at Florida Tech. He received a Ph.D. in American History from the Florida State University in 1991. The author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven books, Taylor’s latest publication is “Cat on a Cold Steel Dive Plane” in Naval History (February 2010). He co-edited This War So Horrible: The Diary of Hiram Smith Williams, which was a History Book Club Alternate Selection in 1993. He has been nominated twice for the Lincoln Prize. Taylor’s work has appeared in journals like The Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Southern Studies, Florida Historical Quarterly, and Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council. He has been a Florida Tech faculty member since 1997.