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PhD Candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago

Alex Luft is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago and in the department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. His fiction has appeared in Yemassee, Midwestern Gothic, The Coachella Review and other literary magazines. He teaches classes in creative writing, literature, media studies, journalism and composition.

Class Starters for the Fiction Workshop

For fiction writers, provocation is part of the job description. The same should go for our teaching of fiction, especially with students who are...

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Intro to the Writing of Fiction

Below you'll find a syllabus for a 200-level Intro to the Writing of Fiction course complete with readings and assignments.  Feature image courtesy of Andrew Seaman    
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Critical Etymology

A brief description of a critical etymology writing assignment for a 200-level Introduction to Criticism and Theory course
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Meaning Negotiation in International Teaching Assistant Preparation Classes

For International Teaching Assistants, meaning negotiation plays a vital role when it comes to interactions with native English speaking undergraduate students in the laboratory or in the classroom. In this article, I share a few tips that can help ITA instructors or coaches guide ITAs through their interactions with their (future) undergraduate students.