Professor James Hynes

Professor James Hynes
  • Novelist and Writing Instructor
whatever your motivation turns out to be, and whatever struggles and triumphs you have with writing and publishing, I hope the act of creation provides as much meaning in your life as it has in mine.

Professor James Hynes is a published novelist who has taught creative writing as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Michigan, The University of Texas, Miami University, and Grinnell College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Professor Hynes is the author of five works of fiction: Next, which received the 2011 Believer Book Award from the Believer magazine; Kings of Infinite Space, a Washington Post best book for 2004; The Lecturer’s Tale and Publish and Perish, which were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year; and The Wild Colonial Boy, which received the Adult Literature Award from the Friends of American Writers and was a New York Times Notable Book for 1990. In addition to his work as a novelist, he has also written book reviews and literary essays, which have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Review, Salon, and other publications.

Professor Hynes has received several literary grants and teaching fellowships, including a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Michigan Council for the Arts writer’s grant. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, and is writing a new novel.

Testimonials

"I cannot imagine a wiser, wittier or more supportive guide to the skills and arts of fiction writing than James Hynes’s lecture series."


- Jim Crace, Award-Winning Author


"In the nearly twenty years in which I’ve known and worked with Jim, he has consistently impressed me with his knowledge about the craft, art, and technicalities of fiction writing. "


-Reagan Arthur, Publisher, Little, Brown and Company


"These lectures by an experienced novelist and teacher offer a rare opportunity for anyone, amateur or professional, interested in deepening his or her craft. The talks are at once entertaining, inspiring, insightful, and truly educational. Anyone who watches them and takes them to heart will become a better writer."


-Kate Christensen


“James Hynes is one of the savviest, craftiest and most entertaining thinkers out there, able to synthesize the lessons and rewards of stories across ages, as well as across mediums. His novels and short fiction are marvels, but his teaching (having seen him teach a revelatory seminar at the University of Iowa) is a thing that ‘creates’ marvels of his students.”


-Joshua Kendall, editorial director of Mulholland Books

17 Courses and Sets

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17 Courses and Sets

  1. Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques Sale

    Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    James Hynes
    4.7 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (210)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $29.95 $69.95 $29.95$69.95
    Writing great fiction isn’t a gift reserved for a talented few—the craft of storytelling can be learned. Even if you don’t dream of penning the next Moby-Dick, you’ll enjoy exploring the elements of fiction. From evoking a scene to charting a plot, get a master class in storytelling. Author James Hynes is an able guide, showing you what works for him, pointing out pitfalls to avoid, and inspiring you on your...
  2. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    If you love to write, this two-course set will give you the technical, the practical, and the creative tools you need to create masterpieces. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, learn to evoke a scene, chart a plot, and select a point of view with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  3. (Set) Forensic History & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) Forensic History & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Become a better mystery writer with this set. First, hear the spellbinding stories of the most infamous crimes, frauds, and scandals in history. Then, learn the techniques of the writer's craft and be inspired to start—or finish—your novel.
  4. How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Writing Great Fiction Set

    How to View and Appreciate Great Movies & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Pull back the curtain on what makes a good story with this two-course set. Open your eyes and mind to the value of classic films with How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Then, from evoking a scene to charting a plot to selecting a point of view, enjoy a master class in storytelling with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  5. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Exceptional storytelling spans every literary genre. Go in-depth into what makes great stories spellbinding with this two-course set. Start with a riveting look at How Great Science Fiction Works to reveal the out-of-this-world stories inspired by real science. Then, learn the craft of how great stories are created—from charting a plot to selecting a point of view—in Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and...
  6. (Set) Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques & Writing Creative Nonfiction Set on sale

    (Set) Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques & Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $400.00 Starting at $53.90 $124.90 $53.90$124.90
    Break out of writer's block and gain the confidence to tell your tales with this two-course set. Professional and published writers give you tips, tricks, and techniques to get your first draft written and the inspiration to take it to new heights.
  7. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Whether reading or writing, anyone who loves stories will love this two-course set. Get a truly multifaceted picture of a fascinating literary subject with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. Then, learn the ins and outs of the fiction writer’s craft with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  8. (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Both words and stories are fundamental to human nature, and you certainly need one to accomplish the other. With this illuminating set of courses including The Secret Life of Words and Writing Great Fiction, you will learn the powerful history behind our language, giving you the ability to better utilize the right word and meaning, as well as tips to put those words together into a compelling story.
  9. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (SET) Take My Course, Please! & Writing Great Fiction

    James Hynes
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Look at language and communication in an entirely new way with this two-course set. Explore the philosophical theories and explanations of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to complex narratives to sly twists of language with Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor. Then, delve into the ins and outs of the fiction writer’s craft with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  10. (Set) Writing Great Fiction & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Writing Great Fiction & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    This two-course set includes Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques and Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.
  11. (Set) Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques & The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals Set

    (Set) Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques & The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Tell more engaging stories with this two-course set. Learn fiction writing skills from a published novelist and storytelling skills from an award-winning professional storyteller.
  12. (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    If you like to read and write, this two-course set is for you! Examine a wide range of literary works extending from the peaceful to the nightmarish, and from the conservative to the subversive with Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature. Then, take a master class in storytelling, taught by an acclaimed novelist, with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  13. (Set) Mastering Stage Presence & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) Mastering Stage Presence & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Gain a captive audience with this set. FIrst, acquire the skills to present your best self to any audience. Then, learn the tips and tricks of fiction writing from a published author.
  14. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Great Fiction Set on sale

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $53.90 $124.90 $53.90$124.90
    Learn to write the right way with this illuminating two-course set. Start by mastering one of the most flexible forms of writing in Becoming a Great Essayist, then move onto to Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques to take your writing to the next level.
  15. (Set) Writing Great Fiction & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) Writing Great Fiction & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Get an in-depth look at characters in this two-course set. Study the art of fiction writing with a published novelist. Then, examine the concept of the hero in literature from across time and around the globe.