• Professor Dufresne is the author of six novels, including Louisiana Power & Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little, which were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, he also written two short story collections, three chapbooks, a full-length play, and award-winning screenplays. His stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories. Dufresne is also the author of four books on writing and creativity, including The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction; Is Life Like This?: a Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months; as well as Flash, a guide to writing flash fiction. His latest, Storyville: An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction, was published in 2020 by W.W. Norton & Company. His novel, Cry for Home, will be published by Norton next year, as will Flash Fiction America, a book he is co-editing.

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  • Dufresne writes fiction - stories and novels. He also writes screenplays and stage plays, poetry and essays and book reviews. He also writes about fiction writing, books that are used in many creative writing classes nationally.

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  • John Dufresne


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