John McNally


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; two books on writing, Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction and The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist; a young adult novel, Lord of the Ralphs; and (most recently) a memoir, The Boy Who Really, Really Wanted to Have Sex: The Memoir of a Fat Kid. He has edited, co-edited or guest edited seven anthologies. His work has appeared in over a hundred publications including The Washington Post, One Teen Story, New England Review, The Sun, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Paramount Pictures, the University of Iowa (James Michener Award), George Washington University (Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Djerassi Fellowship).

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