John McNally is author of three novels, The Book of Ralph, America’s Report Card and After the Workshop, two story collections, Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago, and two nonfiction books, Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction and The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist. He has edited seven anthologies.
His work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including The Washington Post, the Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and several anthologies, including Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow), New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond (Norton), and Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon & Schuster).
He has been the recipient of fellowships from Paramount Pictures (Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project), the University of Iowa (James Michener Award), George Washington University (Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Djerassi Fellowship). As a screenwriter, he has a script in development at Anonymous Content with the producer of Winter’s Bone.
He holds degrees from Southern Illinois University (BA), the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (MFA), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD). A native of Chicago’s southwest side, John lives in Louisiana, where he is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.