The Red Earth MFA
Faculty & Staff
Lou Berney
I've published two works of fiction: The Road to Bobby Joe, a collection of short stories, and Gutshot Straight, a novel out recently from William Morrow. My short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Story, and The New England Review, and a story of mine, "Stupid Girl," was awarded a Pushcart Prize. I've also spent several years as a professional screenwriter. I've written feature films and created TV pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Castle Rock.

I'm interested in both so-called literary writing and so-called genre writing, and in particular the intersection where the two kinds of writing meet (I'm not even really sure they're two different kinds of writing, to tell you the truth). As a teacher, I try most of all to help the writer figure out where his or her story, novel, or script wants to go—and then figure out the best way to get there. I've taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Oklahoma, and in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College in California.