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Tara Stillions Whitehead

Adjunct Instructor in Communication

Interest and areas of expertise

Emerging movements in fiction writing, hybrid text, and creative nonfiction; 21st century American literature; teratology/monster studies; fairy tales and their adaptations; visual rhetoric; compressed narrative and hybrid poetry/text; film literacy; empathy studies; film and television production; film adaptation, film aesthetics, and professional techniques in film writing and the teleplay.


San Diego State University, MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction
University of Southern California, BA in Cinema-Television Production

Classes I teach

ENGL 124 The Short Story
ENGL 305 Fiction Writing
COMM 105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
COMM 254 Screenwriting I

Recent Publications

The Year of the Monster (stories), Unsolicited Press 2022

Academic Publications
“YAL and the Other: Increasing Cognitive Empathy in the Composition Classroom,”
Young Adult Literature: Practical Applications in the Composition Classroom (McFarland Press)