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John McNally

Writer-in-Residence and Doris Meriwether / BORSF Professor of English

Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writer's Workshop

Office: Griffin 346
Phone: 337-482-5503

Teaching and Research Areas

Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, and Contemporary American Fiction


John McNally is author or editor of fourteen books, including three novels: After the Workshop, The Book of Ralph and America's Report Card; two story collections, Troublemakers (winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and the Nebraska Book Award) and Ghosts of Chicago (a Chicagoland Indie Bestseller and voted one of the top twenty fiction books of 2008 by readers of The Believer); and two nonfiction books: The Creative Writer's Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays on the Craft of Fiction, both published the University of Iowa Press. John's work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including The Washington Post, The Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His fiction and nonfiction have been anthologized in Long Story Short (University of North Carolina Press), New Sudden Fiction (Norton), Don't You Forget about Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon Spotlight), Winding Roads: Essays in Writing Creative Nonfiction (Longman), and Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft (Longman), among others. He has a screenplay for a feature length movie in development with the producer Winter's Bone. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the recipient of fellowships from Paramount Pictures (Chesterfield Writer's Film Project), the University of Iowa (James Michener Award), George Washington University (Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship). John began teaching fiction writing in 1989.