Lucas Southworth encourages his students to think of themselves as a community of artists. He teaches writing courses of all levels at Loyola, including Effective Writing, the Art of Poetry and Fiction, and Writing for the Screen and TV. After receiving his B.A. in English Literature from Knox College-Illinois, Southworth received his M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. In 2012, he was awarded the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction from the AWP Award Series for his book of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, published in fall 2013.
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Write every day. The best thing to do is to just make a tiny deadline, like writing two hours today, and letting whatever happens happen.