Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer

Senior Lecturer

Umhoefer Bldg, A127
(608) 355-5212
Office Hours / Schedule 

Schedule Fall 2016

Tuesday/Thursday:  English 101 11 AM--12:15 PM; Office Hours 12:15--12:30 & 12:45--1:45; English 101 2 PM--3:15 Pm

 Wednesday:  Office Hours 5--5:30 PM and 8:15--8:30 PM; Creative Writing, English 203 & 204, 5:30--8:15 PM


Kelly Dwyer is a published novelist and longtime writing instructor who is passionate about excellent writing and about helping students and other writers achieve success. She has written two novels, The Tracks of Angels and Self-Portrait with Ghosts, published by Penguin, USA, New York, and two children's books, published by ArchitectureKids. Kelly has received a James Michener/Paul Engle Fellowship and a Wisconsin Library Association Award for Outstanding Novel written by a Wisconsin writer. She co-founded the campus literary magazine, Spirit Lake Review, and continues to teach students--and learn from them--how to create one of the top literary magazines in the UW-system. A travel lover and advocate of study abroad programs, Kelly advises the Scotland club on campus and has taught in the Wisconsin in Scotland program twice: She taught "British Ghost Stories: Landscape as Inspiration" in 2011 and that same course, plus "Wish You Were Here: The Art & Craft of Travel Writing" in 2016. She also teaches non-credit classes for adult writers every summer at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Kelly lives in Baraboo with her husband Louis Wenzlow and their daughter Alice. She is working on her third novel, a ghost story set in Wisconsin, as well as a collection of plays and flash fiction pieces. She also writes travel stories and does freelance editing.  

"A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost."-Henry James.


MFA, University of Iowa
BA, Oberlin College