Author Archives: Jaclyn Sullivan

About Jaclyn Sullivan

I'm a full time Instructional Designer and a sometimes adjunct professor of English Composition. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and I'm a published fiction and non-fiction writer. Check me out on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaclynmsullivan I'm a big fan of post-modern literature and swear by the lessons of Kurt Vonnegut. Some of my favorite writers include Lorrie Moore, Antonya Nelson, Grace Paley, Flannery O'Connor, Louise Erdrich, and Raymond Carver. I like Tom Waits, Andrew Bird, actual birds, pictures of cats, actual cats, animals in general, polka dots, exercise, iced coffee, reading, writing, tv-viewing, the Internet, and food. I dislike rain on days when my hair looks good, sweating, t-rex arms, public bathrooms, books being made into awful movies, and when The Walking Dead is on hiatus.

A Call For Human Stories

Each month I offer my students a PDF that explains general guidelines for how to end a story and suggests what you shouldn’t do. I also provide them with a link from Strange Horizons about Stories We’ve Seen Too Often. … Continue reading

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Can You Write Someone You’re Not?

As you may or may not know, the author of the Harry Potter series is a British woman named Joanne “J.K.” Rowling. The story I’ve heard regarding the use of initials instead of her given name lies with her publisher: … Continue reading

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It Takes Two: What You Should Know About Teachers

Last week I wrote about what it takes to be a super online student. That, of course, led me to thinking more about what it takes to be a super online teacher. This is a topic I think about a … Continue reading

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Signs of a Super Online Student

Since Full Sail is on a month-to-month schedule, each month I get a whole new set of students. By the end of the calendar year I’ve taught upward of 1,000 students! Since I teach online it’s harder to get to … Continue reading

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You Should Be Watching: Mad Men

Spoiler Alert! If you aren’t caught up with the latest season of AMC’s Mad Men, move along. This isn’t the post for you. Two days after the second to last episode of this season’s Mad Men, my best friend sent … Continue reading

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You Don’t Actually Hate Writing

Whenever I’m asked to list my interests (which I feel happens more often than you’d think), “writing” always pops up, alongside reading, going to the beach, and eating cupcakes.  I’ve been listing writing as one of my interests for as … Continue reading

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A Title is Worth a Thousand Words

When I was an undergraduate student in my first fiction writing workshop, there was a day when we had a very lengthy discussion about titling stories. Everyone had their own opinions about what made a good title, none of which … Continue reading

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