Meet the Author
My mission with Clarkwoods is to tell relatable, candid stories about a diverse cast of oddballs, outcasts, and ordinaries. I'm passionate about creating an inclusive readership by:
- listening more than I speak,
- by reading diverse voices, and
- by working every day to expand my mind beyond its pre-conceived notions and prejudices.
I write about weird people living in weird worlds because I believe that readers who walk away from a book feeling less alone in their oddness and more aware that those around them are equally as odd, just in different ways, will lead to better, more interesting world.
Who Am I?
This is me, in third person:
E. Christopher Clark writes to entertain a diverse audience of saucy oddballs hungry to read about characters and stories as distinct as they are. He is the author of Missing Mr. Wingfield, The Seven Wives of Silver, and Bad Poetry Night. His writing has also been published in Live Free or Ride: Tales of the Concord Coach and River Muse: Tales of Lowell & The Merrimack Valley.
You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and you can support his work on Patreon. He's also available to fill your ear holes each week on the Horribly Off-Topic podcast, which he co-hosts with his pal Steve Woodbury.
My Core Values
- I believe that fiction can broaden readers’ minds while also entertaining them.
- I believe that every person deserves a super hero that looks and acts like them, but that they’d benefit from reading about a super villain born of their same background even more.
- I believe that fiction can be edgy and funny without being outright hurtful.
More About Chris
MFA, Creative Writing, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2005
Thesis: Down the Cape, a novel
BA, Narrative Arts, Bradford College, Haverhill, MA, 1999
Award/Distinction: Student Commencement Speaker
Teaching Experience at Lesley University
Senior Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2007 to Present
- Created and taught course content for sections of “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar,” “Genre Fiction Seminar,” “Art and Craft of Short Fiction,” “Creative Writing and Magazine Production,” “Introduction to Creative Writing,” “Writing and the Literary Arts,” “Field Work and Seminar in the Humanities,” and “English Composition.”
- Developed the “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar” and “Genre Fiction Seminar” courses from scratch and revised them based on feedback from the curriculum committee.
- Supervised fiction writers and poets as the faculty reader of their capstone manuscripts during Senior Seminar in Creative Writing.
- Supervised fiction writers, poets, and playwrights in both individual and group independent studies on subjects including linked short fiction, genre writing, manuscript development, and screenwriting.
- Organized the editorial development, production, and release of six annual issues of Lesley’s Commonthought literary magazine.
- Organized annual readings to commemorate the release of Commonthought.
- Developed online versions of the courses “Introduction to Creative Writing,” “Art and Craft of Short Fiction,” and “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar,” refocusing course content previously used in the classroom setting for Web delivery.
Guest Speaker, MFA in Creative Writing Program, 2008 to Present
- Sat on the “Fourth Semester Pedagogy Panel” at residencies in the summers of 2010 and 2012-2015, and at residencies in the winters of 2013-2017.
- Delivered “Toolbox” presentations at residencies in summer 2009, winter 2010, summer 2013, summer 2016, and winter 2017.
- Sat on the “Publishing Panel for Fiction Writers” during the summer 2008 residency.
- The Seven Wives of Silver. Clarkwoods, 2018.
- Bad Poetry Night. Clarkwoods, 2018.
- Missing Mr. Wingfield. Clarkwoods, 2017.
- Out of the Woods. Clarkwoods, 2017.
- “Animals.” Live Free or Ride: Tales of the Concord Coach. Plaidswede Publishing, 2016.
- “What He Was Missing.” Commonthought, Fall 2015.
- “One Player or Two?” Commonthought, Fall 2013.
- “Sure.” Commonthought, Fall 2012.
- “Hard to Find.” River Muse: Tales of Lowell & the Merrimack Valley. Sons of Liberty Publishing, 2012.
- “All the Roads, Well Traveled or Not.” Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas 7, 2012.
- “The Carcass of the Ghost.” Commonthought, Fall 2011.
- All He Left Behind. Clarkwoods, 2010.
- “The Seventh Draft.” Commonthought, Fall 2010.
- “She Was Gelatin.” Device, 2010.
- “Chasing Porcelain.” Device, 2010.
- “The Tale of Old Silas.” Commonthought, Fall 2009.
- “ALSC at Lesley University.” Literary Matters 1.1, 2008.
- “The Panel on Mythology in the K-12 Classroom.” ALSC Newsletter 12.1, 2006.
- “An MFA Student Ponders His Navel and Life after the Degree.” TheValve.org, 2005.
- Those Little Bastards. Clarkwoods, 2002.
- “Visual Literacy InFUSION Project,” a panel discussion at the 2017 International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- “Where Do Stories Come From?,” a guest lecture at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts in November 2016.
- “Writing the Story of an Image,” a workshop and panel discussion at Lesley University's Community of Scholars Day in March 2016.
- “Visual Literacy at Lesley,” a panel discussion at Lesley University's Community of Scholars Day in March 2016.
- “Where Characters Come From,” a guest lecture at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in December 2015.
- “Worldbuilding in Dystopian Fiction,” a workshop at Madbury Public Library in January 2014.
- Q&A at Thornton’s Ferry Elementary School in November 2013.
- Q&A at the Arlington Enrichment Collaborative’s Writing Workshop in April 2013.
- “All Things Out Loud: A Fast Paced Evening of Literary Wonder,” a paper presented at The Seminar on the Spoken Word at the 2011 ALSCW Conference in Boston, MA.
- “Creative Writing for Social Media Addicts and the Chronically Busy,” a presentation at PodCamp New Hampshire 2011 at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH.
- Special guest for “Social Media for Authors,” a panel discussion led by John Herman for the NH Writers’ Project in 2010 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.
- “Authors Roundtable,” a panel discussion with James Patrick Kelly, Leslie Poston, and Steve Garfield at PodCamp NH 2010 at the Marriott Residence Inn Harbor Events Center in Portsmouth, NH.
- “Authors and New Distribution Models,” a presentation at PodCamp New Hampshire 2009 at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH.