Robert O'Connor

Associate professor


327 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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


CRW 306/800 TR 11:10-12:30 210 Marano CC
CRW 306/810 TR 3:55-5:15 223 Marano CC
CRW 406/800 TR 12:45-2:05 232 Marano CC

CRW 306 FICTION WRITING: INTERMEDIATE-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 FICTION WRITING: ADVANCED-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.