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Neil Connelly

Office: Horton 302
Phone: 717.477.1551



B.A., Advertising, Penn State
M.A., English, McNeese State University
M.F.A, Creative Writing, McNeese State University

Teaching Interests: 

I'm interested in words, how they capture, shape, and create meaning, especially in the realm of fiction. 

Undergraduate Classes Taught: 

ENG 114: Academic Writing
ENG 228: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 308: Fiction Writing
ENG 428: Advanced Fiction                                                                                                                        

Bio in a Nutshell:  Upon graduating from Penn State with a degree in Advertising, I got fired from my first job after six weeks. I cut lawns, worked in a comic book shop, at a mall bookstore, and finally with a typesetter.  Later I talked my way into a creative writing graduate school, where I learned a great deal, mostly what I didn't understand about writing.  I also found I really enjoyed teaching, which I've done now for about twenty years.  Just before making a new home at Ship, I directed the MFA program at McNeese State University.  

Current Projects:

I'm fiddling with a few things till another novel takes hold--a second collection of short stories, a series of essays on narrative craft, some nonfiction based on recent travels to Canada. 

Featured Publications:


Brawlers (Arthur A. Levine, 2019)

Into the Hurricane (Arthur A. Levine, 2017)

In the Wake of Our Vows (Fomite, 2017)

The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction (Gorsky Press, 2014)

The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible! (LSU Press, Fall 2013)

The Miracle Stealer (Arthur A. Levine, 2010)

Buddy Cooper Finds a Way (Simon and  Schuster, 2004)

St. Michael's Scales (Arthur A. Levine, 2002) 

Contact the English Department

Dauphin Humanities Center 128 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1495 Fax: (717) 477-4020