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Robert O'Connor

Associate professor


Contact

327 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2610
robert.oconnor@oswego.edu

Office hours

Spring 2017
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
1:45 - 2:45
or by appointment

Robert O'Connor was born in 1959 in New York City and raised in Eastchester, NY. He graduated from the State University of New York, College at Oswego, and received an MA in English from Syracuse University, where he studied under Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff. In 1996, Granta magazine named him one of "The Best of Young American Writers." Buffalo Soldiers was published by Alfred A. Knopf, and released in paperback by Vintage Contemporaries. A movie based on the novel premiered in 2003, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris and Scott Glenn.

Classes taught

Fall 2017 Courses

CRW 306/800 TR 11:10-12:30 322 Marano CC
CRW 306/810 TR 12:45-2:05 322 Marano CC

CRW 406/800

TR 2:20-3:40 322 Marano CC

CRW 306-This course is an intensive workshop in fiction writing in which you will examine student stories as well as stories from The Best American Short Stories.  Students will develop and discuss their aesthetic principles.  Requirements: 3 stories or sections of a novel, story responses, self-assessment paper, and use of Angel.  Prerequisite:  CRW 206.

CRW 406-It takes skill to compress the universe of a story or tale into less than a thousand words.  Flash fiction must deliver an impact and ramify in subtext while paying attention to economies of scale.  In this class we'll be writing almost a dozen different flash fictions, and we'll be reading widely in contemporary flash fiction.  The course will require you to write a flash every week.  You will be expected to make group presentations and organize a final portfolio of your best work.  CRW 306 is a preprequisite.