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Lester Standiford

Title: Professor, Director and Founder of the Creative Writing Program

Office: AC1 344

Phone: 305-919-5965


Department(s): English

Dr. Standiford earned his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and regularly teaches courses on Fiction Writing, Narrative Non-Fiction, Screenwriting. Myth & Archetype.

Teaching Philosophy

“My primary focus is writing classes is on structure and story.  I very much believe that much about imaginative writing is a craft that can be taught and that writers can learn much about ways of connecting with their intended audiences. ”

Research Areas

Dr. Standiford is currently a member of the FIU-City of Miami Beach Partnership Committee and supervises Writers on the Bay, Gulf Stream Magazine, and MFA Community Outreach.

His book, The Man Who Invented Christmas was released as a feature film starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer in late 2017.  He is currently working on a book entitled Mar a Lago:  The Tangled History of an Unlikely Southern White House.