Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

Oct 30, 2017

The low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW) at Western State Colorado University is excited to announce the hiring of Kevin J. Anderson as Adjunct Professor in Publishing and Genre Fiction.

Professor Anderson has more than 140 books to his credit, 56 of which have appeared on national and international bestseller lists, including many of the novels in the “Star Wars” series. There are more than 23 million copies of his works in print, in thirty languages. He and his wife also own and operate WordFire Press in Colorado Springs.

“Kevin’s resume is astonishing,” said GPCW Director David Rothman. “But it is not enough to be really smart or accomplished. We try to find people who are truly good company.”

Anderson has taught at Writing the Rockies, the finale for the GPCW’s summer intensive and through a close relationship with Genre Fiction Director Russel Davis, discussions about Anderson teaching in the program arose.

“We’ve known each other for many years, so it allowed us to have very candid conversations about teaching in a university environment versus running his own program,” Davis said.

The GPCW’s original MA and MFA tracks include: Genre Fiction, Screenwriting and Poetry with an emphasis on Versecraft. The Graduate Certificate in Publishing is the program’s newest offering, and Anderson’s expertise will help adapt the program to modern trends.

“The publishing world is changing at warp speed,” Anderson said. “I know the changes in the industry and have experience on both sides of the fence, being an author and publisher.”

Anderson is currently earning his MFA at Lindenwood University to receive the credentials necessary to apply to become the Director of the Certificate of Publishing emphasis and to teach in the Genre Fiction program. Before his planned completion of an MFA this spring, Anderson is recruiting for the program and consulting on curriculum.

“A writer as renowned as Kevin has many options, and we are very pleased that he has chosen to teach at Western,” Rothman said. “We already have a superb faculty, but with the addition of Kevin we are taking yet another step towards becoming one of the strongest programs in the country.”

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