Molia Dumbleton's fiction and poetry have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Witness, Smokelong Quarterly, The Stinging Fly, The Best Small Fictions Anthology, The Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology, The Bridport Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Her work has been awarded the Seán Ó Faoláin Story Prize and Columbia Journal Winter Award, among other honors, and her collection of stories was a finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award. She is an Assistant Fiction Editor for Split Lip Magazine and a member of the Curatorial Board at Ragdale, and was a reader/nominator of finalists for both the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and the AWP Series Prize for the Novel in 2021.

She freelances as a writer, editor, teacher, and coach, and has offered courses and sessions at the Newberry Library, Loft Literary Center, Medaille College, Rutgers-Camden, and National Louis University. She teaches primarily at DePaul University, however, both in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies and in the English Department. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from Rice University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, and an M.F.A. in Writing from Bennington College. 


Bennington College

       Master of Fine Arts, 2021

            Creative Writing - Fiction

Northwestern University

      Master of Arts, 2007

            Creative Writing - Fiction   

                   Distinguished Thesis Award    

                   Best New American Voices Nomination

Rice University

      Master of Arts, 1997

               Religion+Medical Anthropology


Oberlin College

       Bachelor of Arts, 1993

               Religious Studies+Theater


DePaul University Office of Prior Learning Assessment

         Assessor Training, 2021

Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop for Teachers

      Merit Scholarship, 2021

Editorial Freelancers' Association

        Copyediting Fiction, 2019


Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

       Writer-to-Writer Mentorship, 2018


Sewanee Writer's Conference

       Susannah McCorkle Scholarship, 2017


Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing

       Merit Scholarship, 2016


Fast Flash with Kathy Fish

       Participant, 2016

       Participant, 2018 


Kenyon Review Summer Writers' Workshop

       Participant, 2013

       Peter Taylor Fellowship, 2015

       Participant, 2016


Story Studio Chicago

       Novel in a Year, 2014-2015


Kenyon Institute Playwrights' Conference, 2014


Ragdale Foundation Creative Sabbatical, 2014


La Sabranenque Centre Internationale, 1993






DePaul University

     Craft of Composition Panelist, 2013, 2014


Association of Educational Publishers

     Distinguished Achievement Awards, Editorial Judge, 2008


Teacher's Choice Award

      Book Series Author/Editor, 2008


Off-Campus Writer's Workshop

      Editor's Day Panelist, 2008


NAPPA Honors Award

      Book Series Author/Editor, 2007


Newsletter of Writing & Publishing Trends

      Presenter, 2007


Illinois Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

      Presenter, 2007


Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference

      Panel Moderator, 2006, 2007


Chicago Wilderness Annual Conference

      Assistant Coordinator, 2005


National Association of Interpretation

      Certified Interpretive Guide, 2002


Association of Colorado Independent Schools

      Presenter, 2002


PBS Evolution Series and Education Initiative

      Presenter, 2001


Rhode Island Science Teachers' Association

       Presenter, 2001


Courage to Risk National Conference

       Presenter, 2000




DePaul University's Dept. of English

     Faculty (Part-Time), 2020-Present

DePaul University's School for New Learning/

    School of Professional and Continuing Studies 

     Faculty (Part-Time), 2003-Present

     Prior Learning Assessor, 2021-Present

     Professional Advisor, 2008-Present

     Committee Member, Outreach, Innovation, &        

     Opportunities, 2019-2020


Rutgers-Camden MFA Program

    Graduate Flash Fiction Seminar, Guest Instructor, 2020 


Medaille College

    Undergraduate Fiction Seminar, Visiting Writer, 2019

National Louis University

     Literature and Composition Instructor, 2018-Present

The Newberry Library

     Creative Writing Instructor, 2018-Present

The Loft Literary Center

     Online Creative Writing Instructor, 2018-Present

Denver Academy

     High School Teacher, 1997-2000


AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
    Invited Screener, 2021
AWP Series Prize for the Novel
    Invited Screener, 2021
Split Lip Magazine
    Assistant Fiction Editor, 2019-Present

Ragdale Foundation

     Curatorial Board Member, 2016-Present 

The Masters Review

     Volunteer Fiction Reader, 2018-2019

Mudlark Theater

     Board of Directors, 2010-2014 


Freelance Writer/Editor

     Chicago Humanities Festival (Program Guide, Blog)

     School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Web Writing)

     Reel Captivation (Commercial Voiceover)

    ThinkCERCA (Curriculum Development, Blog)

     Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Grants, Bios, Print & Web Editorial)

     Evanston Magazine (Article Writing)

     The Present Moment (In-Store & Online Marketing Writing)

     The EcoSeekers (Historical Research, Content Writing)

     Do-Re-Me & You (Content Writing, Marketing Writing) 

     TADA Architects (Web Editorial)

     Peep Design (Web Editorial)


Kindermusik International

     Editorial Director, 2009-2017

     Senior Managing Editor, 2006-2009

     Managing Editor, 2004-2006


Quercus Consulting

     Environmental Education & Communications Writer, 2004-2006


BrainWorx Studio

      Curriculum Writer/Editor, 2003-2004


LeapFrog Enterprises

       Interactive Educational Games Writer/Editor, 2002-2003


Roger Williams Park Zoo 

       Curriculum Supervisor & ZooPower Youth/Teen Employment

       Program Advisor, 2000-2002