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John Bolen

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John Bolen — Instructor

John Bolen currently teaches Creative Writing and Analytical Writing at the University of Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Sewanee: The University of the South and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. While he was an undergraduate, he volunteered as a writing instructor at a women’s shelter, and it was there that he found his desire to teach creative writing.  As a creative writing teacher, John’s teaching philosophy is collaborative and grounded in his love of American Literature, he enjoys incorporating his students’ reading suggestions into workshops. He believes that the first rule of writing in group format is to respect one another; students are—as they should be—bearing very intimate parts of themselves through their writing, and encouragement and constructive guidance by their classmates is the only way they can successfully grow as writers.

Prior to turning his attention to creative writing, John was a contributing writer to numerous local news publications, and spent time on the sales side of print publication with a stint at Conde Nast Magazine in New York City.