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.


"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

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