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Molia Dumbleton’s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Best Small Fictions, New England Review, Catapult, Cincinnati Review, Wigleaf, Witness, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Bridport Prize Anthology, The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, and elsewhere. Forthcoming stories will appear in Ecotone and The Sun.   

Dumbleton's work has been awarded the Seán Ó Faoláin Story Prize (Ireland) and Columbia Journal Winter Fiction Award (selected by Roxane Gay), among other honors, and her story collections have been honored as finalists for the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, The Masters Review Chapbook Open, and the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize.

She is an Assistant Fiction Editor for Split Lip Magazine and a member of the Curatorial Board at Ragdale, and has served as a reader for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and the AWP Series Prize for the Novel. She teaches creative writing at DePaul University. 

Education + Professional Development

FORMAL EDUCATION

M.F.A. Writing (Fiction), Bennington College, 2021

M.A. Creative Writing (Fiction), Northwestern University, 2007 // Distinguished Thesis Award

M.A. Religion (Medical Anthropology), Rice University, 1997

B.A. Religious Studies/Theater, Oberlin College, 1993

 

INFORMAL EDUCATION (selected)

DePaul University Office of Prior Learning Assessment, 2021

DePaul University Online Teaching Series, 2020

Editorial Freelancers’ Association Copyediting Fiction, 2019

AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program, 2018

Flash Fiction Intensive, 2016, 2018

Story Studio Chicago: Novel in a Year, 2014–2015

 

RESIDENCIES & ARTISTS’ RETREATS

Kenyon Review Summer Writers’ Workshop, 2013, 2016, 2022  

Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop for Teachers, 2021 // Merit Scholarship

Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2017 // Susannah McCorkle Scholarship in Fiction

Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, 2016 // Merit Scholarship

Kenyon Review Summer Writers’ Workshop, 2015 // Peter Taylor Fellowship

Kenyon Institute Playwrights’ Conference, 2014

Literary Engagement

ASSISTANT FICTION EDITOR

Split Lip Magazine, 2019-Present

 

CURATORIAL BOARD MEMBER

Ragdale Foundation Artists’ Colony, 2016-Present

 

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANT AWARDEE

Illinois Arts Council Agency, 2022

 

INVITED MANUSCRIPT READER/SCREENER

Grace Paley Short Fiction Award, 2021

AWP Series Prize for the Novel, 2021

 

GUEST LECTURER

Rutgers University MFA, 2020

 

VISITING WRITER

Medaille College, 2019

 

READER

The Masters Review, 2018-2019

 

GUEST EDITOR

SmokeLong Quarterly, 2018

 

PANELIST

DePaul University Craft of Composition Panel 2013, 2014

 

PANEL MODERATOR

Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference 2008, 2009

Professional Experience: Writing + Editorial

CONSULTING EDITOR AND INSTRUCTOR

Independent, 2013-Present  Work With Me > 

 

FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR

Independent, 2004-Present  Work With Me >

 

MANAGING EDITOR, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Kindermusik International, Inc., 2004-2017

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATIONS WRITER

Quercus Consulting, 2003-2006

 

EDUCATION WRITER

BrainWorx Studio, 2003-2004

 

INTERACTIVE GAME WRITER/EDITOR

LeapFrog Enterprises, 2002-2003

Professional Experience: Teaching

PART-TIME FACULTY (Creative Writing)

DePaul University’s English Department, 2020-Present
Courses: 201 Intro to Creative Writing, 209 Craft of Fiction Writing, 307 Advanced Fiction, 309 Advanced Topics in Writing 

 

PART-TIME FACULTY (Creative Writing)

DePaul University's School for Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly The School for New Learning),
2003-Present
Courses: 176 Creative Writing, 315 Creativity & Imagination, Academic Writing for Adults, 140 Writers’ Toolkit: APA Basics, and 172 Making Poems 

 

PART-TIME FACULTY (English Literature & Composition)

National-Louis University, 2018-2021
Courses: 101 Beginning English Composition, ENG 201 Intermediate English Composition, ENG 201 Intermediate English Composition Honors

 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR (Creative Writing)
The Loft Literary Center, 2018-2021
Courses: Surprise Yourself Using Playful Structures to Discover Material You Didn’t Know You Had in You  

 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR (Creative Writing)

The Newberry Library Adult Seminars Program, 2018-2021
Courses: Flash Fiction, Story Starters, Submitting Your Work to Literary Journals

CURRICULUM SUPERVISOR & ZOOPOWER PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR
Roger Williams Park Zoo Education Department, 2000-2002

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

Denver Academy, 1997-2000