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Kelly Joyner Director, Writing Studies Program Literature

Additional Positions at AU
Director, Writing Studies Program
MFA, 1998, Creative Writing, George Mason University
BA, 1990, Communications, Virginia Tech

Favorite Spot on Campus
AU's Arboretum (the entire campus!)
Book Currently Reading
The Martian by Andy Weir
Who Wrote This? by Naomi Baron
The Story of Film by Mark Cousins
Patrick Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His writing courses have thematic links to history, linguistics, psychology, and film. He has presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication ("4Cs") on critical reading, peer review, introversion/extroversion, and term faculty issues. He has presented many times at AU's Ann Ferren Conference.

His fiction and poetry have appeared in Wild Violet, The Orange Willow Review, and The Virginia Normal.

He’s a product of the Northern Virginia suburbs where he lives with his family. In his non-teaching hours, he writes, plays music, watches movies, takes long walks, and cheers on the Washington Nationals.
See Also
College Of Arts & Sciences
Literature Department
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Spring 2024

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-731 Teaching of Writing Practicum

Fall 2024

  • WRT-100 College Writing