1. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  2. The Flight of the Kuaka by Donald Stap
  3. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  4. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
  5. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath
  6. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  7. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  8. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  9. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  10. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
  11. Transversal Ecocritical Praxis by Patrick D. Murphy
  12. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  13. According to the Gospel of Haunted Women
  14. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  15. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  16. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  17. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
  18. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  19. The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
  20. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  21. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  22. The Zero Theorem by Pat Rushin
  23. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  24. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  25. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  26. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  27. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  28. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  29. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  30. As If, poems by Russ Kesler
  31. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
Brenda Peynado

Brenda Peynado, Ph.D.

Brenda Peynado’s stories have won an O. Henry Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, a Dana Award, a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic, a Vermont Studio Center Residency, and other prizes. Her work appears in The Georgia Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. She received her MFA at Florida State University and her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches fiction and screenwriting at UCF.


  • Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Cincinnati (2017)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Florida State University (2012)
  • B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy from Wellesley College (2006)

Research Interests

Magical Realism, Fabulism, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Literary Fiction, Postcolonialism, Diaspora Studies, Latinx Fiction, Latin-American Fiction, Graphic Novels, Screenwriting, Novel Structure, Transmedia Narrative, Fiction Writing, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction Writing, Editing & Publishing, Creative Writing Pedagogy.

Recent Research Activities

A Dominican-American, she is working on a novel about the Dominican Republic 1965 civil war and American occupation, narrated by a girl who can tell all possible futures. She is also working on a book about fabulist techniques and a graphic memoir.


Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, May 2018

Finalist, The Lascaux Prize, “The Stones of Sorrow Lake,” 2017

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, March 2017

Dana Award in Short Fiction, “The Drownings,” 2016

Winner, Sycamore Review Flashcard Contest, “Sheets,” 2016

Honorable Mention, Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest, “Yaiza,” 2016

Runner-up, ½ K Prize, Indiana Review, “Weathering,” 2016

Honorable Mention, Short Story Award for New Writers, The Masters Review, “The Drownings,” 2016

Finalist, American Short Fiction Prize, "Yaiza," 2016

Finalist, The Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction, “We Work in Miraculous Cages,” 2016

Finalist, Permafrost New Alchemy Award, “Building, Breaking Houses,” Co-written Micah Hicks 2016

Finalist, Sequestrum Reprint Award, “Storage,” 2016

Finalist, International Literary Awards Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, “Yaiza,” 2016

Finalist, International Literary Awards Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, “The Whitest Girl,” 2016

3rd Place, Stella Kupferberg Short Story Contest, “Fire,” 2016

2nd Place, Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize, University of Cincinnati, 2016

Selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories, “The History of Happiness,” 2015

Nelson Algren Award, Chicago Tribune, “The Great Escape,” 2015

Writers at Work Fellowship, “We Work In Miraculous Cages,” 2015

Tennessee Williams Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference 2015

Taft Graduate Summer Fellowship Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015

Yates Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2014-2018

Special Mention, 2015 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, “The History of Happiness”

Short-listed, Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award, Manuscript of THE ROCK EATERS, 2015

Honorable Mention, Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest, “The Whitest Girl,” 2015

Honorable Mention, Fall Fiction Contest, The Masters Review, “The Lion and the Beauty Queen,” 2015

Finalist, Short Story Prize, American Short Fiction, “The Drownings,” 2015

Finalist, Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Contest, New Delta Review, “The Haunting,” 2015

Finalist, ½ K Prize, Indiana Review, “My Debt Collector,” 2015

Finalist, ½ K Prize, Indiana Review, “The Bank,” 2015

Finalist, Fineline Competition, Mid-American Review, “The Bank,” 2015

Honorable Mention, Bevel Summers Short Story Award, Shenandoah, “The Bridesmaids,” 2015

Honorable Mention, Betty Gabehart Prize, Kentucky Women Writers’ Conference, 2015

Finalist, Iowa Review Award for Fiction, “The Lion and the Beauty Queen,” 2014

3rd Place, “We Work in Miraculous Cages,” Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest, December 2013

Finalist, Iowa Review Award for Fiction, “The Last King of Open Roads,” 2011

George M. Harper Award for Outstanding Creative Writing, Florida State University, 2011

Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship in Creative Writing, Florida State University, 2010-2011


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10830 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Rdce Time M,W 2:30PM - 3:20PM Not Online

CRW 4122.0M01: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (Peynado)

Spring 2018

This mixed mode advanced fiction workshop is designed to help writers create stories suitable for admission to graduate writing programs. It includes intensive writing practice in fiction, peer critique, and group discussion of original manuscripts and includes intensive reading of published work. In this course, we will discuss how to write fiction well and examine what techniques we can learn from published short stories. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration writing as a craft, we will study the art of revision.

As this is an advanced class, we will also be dealing with the thornier questions writers grapple with, like writing outside of one’s own experience, compression of narrative in flash fiction, and juxtaposition and surprise in language.

19389 CRW4616 Advanced Scriptwrite Workshop Face2Face M,W,F 1:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online

CRW 4616.0001: Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop (Peynado)

Spring 2018

In this advanced scriptwriting workshop, students will write at least thirty pages of screenplay material, along with committed critiques of their peers' work. A wide range of lengths and genres will be considered, including but not limited to short films, one-hour episodic television scripts, and half-hour comedy scripts. Students should come well-prepared to discuss the course materials, the work of their peers, and have a strong knowledge of screenplay format, since CRW 3610 (the intro course) is a prerequisite here. At the end of the semester, students will revise their work along with a revision reflection that details this process. Students will also research the screenwriting industry and consider next steps for their career.

19423 LIT6097 Studies in Cont Fiction Face2Face W 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online

Fiction in the last 20 years in the United States and Britain. Specifically, we will explore how genre has melded with literary fiction in the last few decades to create a host of sub-genres—fabulism, speculative fiction, upmarket fiction, and others. To this end, we will analyze genre conventions and techniques of unreal narratives and real narratives alike, discovering not only their specialities but also what they have in common.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91265 CRW3610 Writing Scripts Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
92593 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Updated: Dec 8, 2017