John Cotter

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John Cotter

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John Cotter’s first novel Under the Small Lights was published in 2010 by Miami University Press. His recent work has appeared, or will soon, in Washington SquareGuernica, Indiana Review, Electric Literature, The Georgia Review, Catapult, The Literary Review, Commonweal, and Raritan. He's received honorable mentions from both Best American Essays and Year's Best Horror. His short fiction is regularly performed at Denver's Stories Onstage, and his comics occasionally show up in Westword. He graduated Emerson College's Creative Writing program on a Performing Arts scholarship and Harvard’s University. In 2018, he was given Lighthouse Writers' Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Classes with John Cotter

Intro to Writing the Novel

8-Week: Intro to Writing the Novel

October 21, 2019

Draft a Short Story

4-Week: Draft a Short Story

October 24, 2019

4-Week: The Fabric of Words—Depth and Texture in Prose
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir

4-Week: The Fabric of Words—Depth and Texture in Prose

November 21, 2019

John Cotter's Published Work

  • Under The Small Lights (novel)

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Every week John gave us clear, specific guidelines for writing personal narrative, and I feel like I now have a wealth of resources to consult as I continue.
Amy Rosevear

John Cotter's Articles

The Lookout

The Truth About False Names

April 10, 2018

When I teach nonfiction classes, I arrive with a list of essays to read and craft points to discuss.

The Lookout

From Fort Lyon

April 25, 2016

For the past three weeks, I’ve worked as Lighthouse’s writer-in-residence at Fort Lyon, an old repurposed U.S.