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John Fried teaches creative writing and film as part of Duquesne's English Department. On the fiction side, he teaches all levels of the Fiction Writing Workshop, as well as Multi-Genre Writing, Independent Studies, and Directed Readings in Fiction Writing. On the film side, he primarily teaches Introduction to Film and genre classes (Horror Film, Science Fiction Film, Film Noir, etc.). He helps run and often hosts the Coffee House Reading Series at Duquesne, which brings local and national authors to read each month at our on-campus Barnes & Noble. For the past three summers, he has organized the Creative Writing Camp for High School Students, a week-long day-camp at Duquesne for young writers (both local and regional) looking to develop their creative writing skills.

His own fiction has appeared in many journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and Minnesota Review. His debut novel, The Martin Chronicles, was published in January 2019 by Grand Central Publishing. Prior to teaching, he was a reporter, writer, and editor for magazines, writing for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, and Real Simple.


  • M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Warren Wilson College, 2005
  • M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 1995

  • Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Fiction Writing Workshop 2/3/4
  • Introduction to Film
  • Horror Film
  • Film Noir
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Novel, The Martin Chronicles, published by Grand Central Publishing, January 2019.
  • Craft essay, "Writing Your Character's B-roll," North American Review, November 2017.
  • Craft Essay, "Demystifying Plot." North American Review. Fall 2014.
  • Short story, "Destroy All Monsters." The Blue Penny Quarterly. Fall 2012.
  • Short story, "Mississippi." Spout Magazine, Minneapolis, MN. Second runner-up Spout Press Story of the Year, 2009. Fall 2012.
  • Short story, "Nueve." North American Review, University of Northern Iowa. Spring 2010.
  • Short story, "Chicago." Gettysburg Review, Gettysburg College, Spring 2010.
  • Short story, "This Treatment Isn't In Any Way Cruel." Minnesota Review, Carnegie Mellon University, Issue 73-74, December 2009.
  • Short story, "Birthday Season.' tied for winner of 2007 Fiction Contest for Columbia University's literary journal Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature, Issue 45, January 2008.
  • Short story "Refrain." Front Range Review, Front Range Community College, Spring 2008.
  • Creative non-fiction story, "On the Summer of 1980, Dressed to Kill, and Epihphany." Florida State University's literary journal Southeast Review's online edition,, November 2007.