• Lecturer
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University (2015)
    • M.A. in Creative Writing from University of Southern Mississippi (2011)
    • B.A. in English from Southern Arkansas University (2008)

    Selected Publications

    Books

    • Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones. MA: John Joseph Adams Books-Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
    • Electricity and Other Dreams. Milwaukee, New American Press, 2013.

    Creative Publications

    • "Church of Birds." The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, edited by N.K. Jemisin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

    Courses

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    11198 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    CRW 3053 Theory and Practice

    This course has a few broad aims. First, you will understand what successful contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction looks like through reading prize anthologies and other texts. You will also gain familiarity with craft terms and technical concepts that will enhance your understanding of the literature you read. Aside from analyzing literature and craft, this course will also be your introduction to the faculty of UCF's creative writing program and some opportunities available to students. Finally, you will learn about various issues and controversies within the publishing industry and consider how you can be successful in your career.

    20387 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    CRW 3120 Intermediate Fiction Workshop

    The aim of this class is the help students understand what makes an effective story. We will read craft advice, fiction by contemporary American authors in a variety of styles, and we will—most importantly—read stories written by you and your peers. If you are in this class, I will assume that you are passionate about writing, that you are serious about wanting to write stories, and that you want to write them better.

    20344 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
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    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    81697 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    CRW 3013 Intro to Creative Writing

    This is an introductory level creative writing class for English majors. It includes group analysis and criticism, close reading of contemporary literature and essays on writing craft, as well as study of four literary genres. This class will teach you how to read like a writer, seeing the stitching, patterns, and thread that hold narrative and verse together. By writing new, original work,  you  will  gain a  better  understanding  of  what  art  is  and  how it is carefully, laboriously made.

    81641 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    CRW 3053 Theory and Practice

    This course has a few broad aims. First, you will understand what successful contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction looks like through reading prize anthologies and other texts. You will also gain familiarity with craft terms and technical concepts that will enhance your understanding of the literature you read. Aside from analyzing literature and craft, this course will also be your introduction to the faculty of UCF's creative writing program and some opportunities available to students. Finally, you will learn about various issues and controversies within the publishing industry and consider how you can be successful in your career.

    81558 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    CRW 3120 Intermediate Fiction Workshop

    The aim of this class is the help students understand what makes an effective story. We will read craft advice, fiction by contemporary American authors in a variety of styles, and we will—most importantly—read stories written by you and your peers. If you are in this class, I will assume that you are passionate about writing, that you are serious about wanting to write stories, and that you want to write them better.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
    51466 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable

    CRW 3013 Intro to Creative Writing

    This is an introductory level creative writing class for English majors. It includes group analysis and criticism, close reading of contemporary literature and essays on writing craft, as well as study of four literary genres. This class will teach you how to read like a writer, seeing the stitching, patterns, and thread that hold narrative and verse together. By writing new, original work,  you  will  gain a  better  understanding  of  what  art  is  and  how it is carefully, laboriously made.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    18341 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    This course has a few broad aims. First, you will understand what successful contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction looks like through reading prize anthologies and other texts. You will also gain familiarity with craft terms and technical concepts that will enhance your understanding of the literature you read. Aside from analyzing literature and craft, this course will also be your introduction to the faculty of UCF's creative writing program and some opportunities available to students. Finally, you will learn about various issues and controversies within the publishing industry and consider how you can be successful in your career.

    18343 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Unavailable

    The aim of this class is the help students understand what makes an effective story. We will read craft advice, fiction by contemporary American authors in a variety of styles, and we will—most importantly—read stories written by you and your peers. If you are in this class, I will assume you are passionate about writing, that you are serious about wanting to tell stories, and that you want to tell them better.

    18107 CRW3950 Cypress Dome Editorship Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Unavailable

    This is a two-semester course commitment, beginning in the fall. In the fall, students will actively learn the editing process—from promotion to publication—and, in the spring, produce and publish Cypress Dome, a literary magazine that features the creative literary and artistic work of selected UCF students.  Students read all submissions, determine inclusions, edit accepted manuscripts, actively engage in creative design and production (including InDesign certification), and promote the magazine. In this highly collaborative course, students must be comfortable with—and committed to—a team approach and the fulfillment of individualized, independent tasks. Students are accepted by application only and must include a reference from a professor. Preference frequently given to students who have excelled in introductory and advanced writing workshops, but all applications considered. To apply, email micah.hicks@ucf.edu.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    90562 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    This course has a few broad aims. First, you will understand what successful contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction looks like through reading prize anthologies and other texts. You will also gain familiarity with craft terms and technical concepts that will enhance your understanding of the literature you read. Aside from analyzing literature and craft, this course will also be your introduction to the faculty of UCF's creative writing program and some opportunities available to students. Finally, you will learn about various issues and controversies within the publishing industry and consider how you can be successful in your career.

    90459 CRW3950 Cypress Dome Editorship Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable

    This is a two-semester course commitment, beginning in the fall. In the fall, students will actively learn the editing process—from promotion to publication—and, in the spring, produce and publish Cypress Dome, a literary magazine that features the creative literary and artistic work of selected UCF students.  Students read all submissions, determine inclusions, edit accepted manuscripts, actively engage in creative design and production (including InDesign certification), and promote the magazine. In this highly collaborative course, students must be comfortable with—and committed to—a team approach and the fulfillment of individualized, independent tasks. Students are accepted by application only and must include a reference from a professor. Preference frequently given to students who have excelled in introductory and advanced writing workshops, but all applications considered.

    To apply, email micah.hicks@ucf.edu.

    90532 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

    This graduate-level fiction workshop will be primarily generative, asking you to produce a lot of new work over the course of the semester. Classes will begin with brief writing exercises to help you generate ideas. Most students will turn in five short stories over the course of the class and choose two of those to workshop and one to revise. Students who are more interested in novel-writing may instead be allowed to draft, workshop, and revise a novel excerpt instead of stories, pending instructor approval. In addition to asking what makes fiction successful in terms of character, language, and narrative, we will also discuss how to ethically write outside our own perspective. A major concern of the course across everything we read and draft will be to understand how to write moving stories that create a strong emotional response in the reader.