John Cotter

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John Cotter

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John Cotter is the author of a memoir, Losing Music, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions, and Under the Small Lights, winner of the Miami University Press novella contest. His essays, theater pieces, and fiction have appeared, or will appear soon, in New England ReviewRaritanGeorgia ReviewGuernicaElectric Literature’s Recommended ReadingWashington SquareBookforum, and Commonweal. In 2018 he was Artist in Residence at SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, and in 2022 he'll be a resident fellow at the James Merrill House in Stonighton, Connecticut. He was presented with the Lighthouse Writers' Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018.

Classes with John Cotter

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 (Zoom)

October 19, 2021

4-Week: Creative Nonfiction 101

4-Week: Creative Nonfiction 101 (Zoom)

November 16, 2021

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.
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John Cotter's Articles

Lighthouse Blog

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.

Lighthouse Blog

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.