Category Archives: Creative Writing

Star Wars Lists

I’m planning on teaching a Star Wars-themed, RPG-driven creative writing course at least once (hopefully/possibly more) during the 2017-2018 academic year. To that end I’m trying to get caught up on the new Di$ney-dictated Star Wars canon and also keeping … Continue reading

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Collaborative World Building Explained

I was asked by a student reporter to write something up that explains my world building class. I have no idea what the final article is going to look like or how much of this will be used, so I’ll … Continue reading

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My Research in a Nutshell, or Haters Gonna Hate

Working on my third-year review document and I wrote this summary of my research. Thought I encapsulated it rather well, if I do say so myself, so I thought I’d share it here: My research resides at the intersection of … Continue reading

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Spring 2015 Speculative Fiction Workshop Reading List

I posted this for some colleagues in the Creative Writing Pedagogy Facebook group. The books below are Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook, Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection, and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014. Happy … Continue reading

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What’s an RPG/fanfic Writing Workshop Look Like?

Here’s what we did today in a 75 minute session of my Game of Thrones fanfic/RPG course. There were 17 people in class, making it a challenge to keep the story interesting for everyone. This covered the first day of … Continue reading

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MFA vs NYC? Notes on a False Debate

Since I didn’t attend AWP 2014, Facebook friends clued me in to MFA vs NYC, a collection that “brings together established writers, MFA professors and students, and New York editors, publicists, and agents to talk about these overlapping worlds, and … Continue reading

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Creative Writing in the Digital Age

I’m very excited to announce the table of contents for CREATIVE WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: THEORY, PRACTICE AND PEDAGOGY edited by Michael Dean Clark, Trent Hergenrader and Joe Rein. The book is being published by Bloomsbury’s Literary Studies division … Continue reading

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Prezi on Speculative Fiction and RPGs in College Classes

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Prezi on my RPG Talk

Last Thursday I gave a talk on the narrative potential of role-playing games. Here’s the Prezi that accompanied the talk. The Evolution and Narrative Potential of Role-Playing Games on Prezi

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“Mouth of the Volga” Available Online

Just found out that my creative nonfiction piece “The Mouth of the Volga” is available online at the Post Road website. Here’s the link: http://www.postroadmag.com/21/nonfiction/hergenrader.phtml

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