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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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Characters, Conflict, and Goals

It can be difficult to reveal connections between key elements of craft in fiction writing classes, but this activity is designed to do just that.
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The Office Challenge

Office hours can feel long, laborious, and lonely when no one shows up, especially in the beginning of a semester. One way I've found to increase my students' use of office hours is to challenge them to meet with me. 
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Zombie Apocalypse & Critical Thinking

It can be difficult to engage students in critical thinking, but this activity helps students think outside the box and anticipate problems. I've found...