• Assistant Professor
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing Emphasis) from Florida State University (2015)
    • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010)
    • B.A. in Literature & Creative Writing from Bard College (2005)

    Selected Publications

    Books

    • The History of Living Forever. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019.

    Courses

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    10674 CRW4724 The Florida Review Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 03:30 PM - 04:20 PM Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    80953 CRW4724 The Florida Review Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 03:30 PM - 04:20 PM Unavailable
    No Description Available
    92199 CRW5130 Form & Theory in Creative Wr Face to Face Instruction (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

    The Novel-in-Stories

    This course focuses on the novel-in-stories, also known as a linked story collection or short story cycle. Students in this course will examine a number of novels-in-stories to better understand the techniques each author uses to create a cohesive book-length narrative. Simultaneously, the class will have the option to write its own novel-in-stories as a group, with each student contributing one story to the collection. The nature of this collection—its setting, characters, etc.—will be decided by class vote. Although students will ultimately write their stories individually, this course stresses the importance and benefits of collaborate writing and research. Ultimately, the course aims to show students the value of writing stories within a more fully imagined and thoroughly researched world.

    No courses found for Summer 2020.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    18344 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable

    In this course, we will aim to improve our skills as readers and writers of fiction. Through close readings of published fiction, we will examine the choices made by the authors and apply that same decision-making to our own work. This class is first and foremost a workshop, meaning you will be reading the work of your fellow students and then thoughtfully and constructively critiquing their pieces via written comments and—most importantly—class discussion. 

    17576 CRW4724 The Florida Review Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 03:30 PM - 04:20 PM Unavailable

    PR: English major or minor, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW3013 and CRW3053

    This course operates like an internship with UCF's distinguished national print literary magazine, The Florida Review. Students learn by doing, focusing on editorial decision-making, proofreading and fact-checking, marketing, and other internship tasks. This course meets on a somewhat irregular schedule with much work done independently online. Students are also required to conduct one hour in the office every week during the second half of the semester (flexibly arranged to accommodate reasonable work and other course schedules). Contact Lisa Roney with any questions at lisa.roney@ucf.edu.

    18348 CRW4724 The Florida Review Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Unavailable

    PR: English major or minor, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW3013 and CRW3053

    Learn what goes on behind the scenes in the publishing world and gain professional editorial skills by assisting the editor and graduate student interns with Aquifer, the new online supplement to UCF’s national/international literary magazine. This course is designed to help you as both a writer (to see what goes into having work accepted and rejected), but also to have directly marketable skills in the workplace (proofreading, copyediting, and more). It is not a regular course, but an internship, and students will assist with submission screening, proofreading and copyediting, website production, and marketing and fundraising, all vital aspects of a professional life in writing or editing. The course requires online work, one regular meeting per week, and occasional “homework” hours in the office to familiarize you with operations and complete tasks. PR: Junior standing, English major or minor, at least C in CRW 3053 and CRW 3013, and instructor permission. Advanced standing is recommended, though not required, for this course. If interested, contact the professor at lisa.roney@ucf.edu.

    17353 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Unavailable

    CRW 6025: ADVANCED GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP

    This is a graduate-level workshop in which the goal is to produce publishable fiction. You will write three short stories, all of which will receive honest, rigorous, forward-looking workshops. You will revise two of these stories. For your classmates’ work, you will write thorough, thoughtful feedback letters along with commenting on those stories during discussion. We will read widely in published contemporary short fiction, and you will produce a craft lecture on an author of your choosing. In this way, the course stresses both professional-level writing and professional-level reading. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help you continue your transition from writing students into writers.   

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    90462 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    This course serves as an introduction to the three primary genres that define creative writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The focus of the course will be learning to read as writers—focusing on craft rather than theme, on structure rather than meaning. Assignments will take the form of online discussions and short craft essays along with the production of original stories, essays, and poems. The course will prepare you for upper-level creative writing courses and workshops. Above all, this course offers a tough but nurturing environment in which the primary goal is to make our writing better.

    90856 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

    In this course, we will aim to improve our skills as readers and writers of fiction. Through close readings of published fiction, we will examine the choices made by the authors and apply that same decision-making to our own work. This class is first and foremost a workshop, meaning you will be reading the work of your fellow students and then thoughtfully and constructively critiquing their pieces via written comments and—most importantly—class discussion.