If you’ve come here looking for a highfalutin mission statement to make us seem like Gods at the Keyboard? Sorry, bud. (I mean, we are, but…)
(And anyway, we’re fiction writers, so we’d probably be lying.)
Fiction School is here to help you become a better creative writer, no matter where you are with your writing, no matter if you can afford to take a class or not. We believe that your writing is important, and that telling good stories matters.
But we don’t take ourselves too seriously about it, either. Because telling stories, as important as the act is, is a hell of a lot of fun. Or it had better be, if you want people to read your writing.
We’re storytellers. We’re professors who love to talk about and teach writing. We’re writers, too. (Award-winning, published ones, matter of fact, Jack.)
So if we have to write down a mantra or a mission statement or something? Well, let’s go with:
Fiction School is on a mission to help you have serious fun writing your best stuff.
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Now, who’s in charge here? Who the hell knows. But the three
culprits professors behind Fiction School are:
Baker Lawley is the author of Stealing the Show, The Battle Hymn Blues, The Man Who Invented Writing, and more. A native of Alabama with a good dose of ol’ Southern storyteller in him, he now teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College and lives in Minneapolis. He’s also HQ for the Fiction School podcast, down in his dungeon basement with all the equipment, the landlord’s weird purple walls, and the funky pictures that help him write good stories.
Jody Gehrman is the author of seven novels and numerous plays. Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is her newest YA novel. Babe in Boyland was published in 2011 by Penguin’s Dial books and has recently been optioned by Disney. She also writes stage plays, screenplays, and sometimes even songs. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She’s a professor of English at Mendocino College.
Tommy Zurhellen is the author of two novels, Nazareth, North Dakota, the sequel Apostle Islands, as well as the forthcoming third book in the Messiah Trilogy, Armageddon, Texas —along with numerous short stories and essays in literary journals like Carolina Quarterly, Quarterly West, Appalachee Review and South Dakota Review. He likes to write fiction because he likes to make things up. He grew up in New York City, and after moving around from Seattle to Alabama and parts unknown, he now lives in upstate New York. He hangs out in places like the VFW and the Fish House. If you don’t know to get to the Fish House, well, you probably don’t belong there.