Christina Shea

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

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As a mentor, I focus on helping you define your intentions and further understand your story.  I challenge you to write for an audience and to read like a writer. We start with a conversation-- you and me, author and reader, writer to writer. I dedicate myself to this meta-cognitive exchange. Complex communication we are up to: influential, instructional. Our work together requires commitment, humility, and not a small amount of courage. That smooth sheet of paper you have typed up is now a tactile geological surface, and there are no rules except those to be broken, nor is there a compass. Still, there is celestial navigation; I can orient you to the star filled dark. I like to know what you do when you write. I like to examine this process and help you articulate it and foster self-determination in your work. I want to know what you read and why you write. I want to give new definition to what inspires your learning.



Smuggled (2011)
Moira's Crossing (2001)


Frommer’s Guide to Budapest 
Frommer’s Guide to Europe


Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Selection; Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute Fellowship; Soros Foundation Grant.

Past Affiliations

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; Attila Jozsef University, Hungary.


M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Michigan
B.A.,English & Art, Kenyon College, Distinction on Senior Theses
Reed College (One Year Visitor Program)