John Wentworth Chapin
interim director, University Writing Program
lecturer, Klein Family School of Communications Design
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., University of Virginia
The more I teach writing, the more my writing-center approach influences my classroom work. I have taught an array of writing courses over the years, always from the perspective that clear sentences come from clear ideas and not the other way around.
When I'm not in the writing center or the writing classroom, I write fiction and creative nonfiction. I’m publishing a series of short stories in 2014, an experimental project with a story for every day of the year. For the past few years I have focused on flash fiction, bursts of incident and image that look like stories but often smell like poems. I co-founded A Baker's Dozen: thirteen extraordinary things, an experimental literary site for all creative digital media, blurring the lines between genres and forms, as well as 52|250: A Year of Flash, a creativity-encouraging flash-fiction site.