Cynn Chadwick

Senior Lecturer
216 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
    • 5 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
    • 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment.
Writing is the habit of being. Flannery O’Connor

Only trouble is interesting in fiction. Janet Burroway

I create sympathy for my characters—then turn the monsters loose. Stephen King

The very act of story telling, of arranging memory and invention according to the structure of the narrative, is by definition holy[...]We tell stories because we can’t help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us. James Carroll

I have been teaching writing at UNC Asheville since 1996. There is no better job for a novelist practicing a craft than to teach it. Even after all these years, my students continue to inspire the honing of my skills, while they are honing theirs. I have a fondness for teaching Freshman composition, where I encounter students of all potential majors. I, also, teach all levels of creative writing (mostly fiction) and in the Masters' and Honors' Programs. I advise senior seminarians through their final projects, and I, occasionally, direct master's thesis through the MLA program.


B.A., Norwich University
M.A., Goddard College
M.F.A., Goddard College

Recent Teaching

LANG 120: Foundations of Academic Writing
LANG 260: Introduction to Creative Writing
LANG 363: Fiction Writing Workshop
LANG 463: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
LANG 497: Senior Seminar in Creative Writing
LIT 373: Honors Contemporary Women's Literature

MLA 500: Masters’ Program Introduction to Creative Writing

Recent Publications

I began my writing career as a short story writer and essayist and have published in both genres, but it is my novel work that has captured my full attention for most of my publishing life. I am the author of the Cat Rising Series: Cat Rising, Girls With Hammers, Babies, Bikes, and Broads, and Cutting Loose. My contemporary women's fiction novels include Angels and Manners, As the Table Turns, and my novella, That's Karma, Baby....

My work has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award, the American Library Associations’ Stonewall Literary Award, finalist for Golden Crown Literary Award, and winner of the Bywater Fiction Prize, awarded at Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans.

I have given lectures, readings, and presented on panels at, among other such venues, Book Expo America in Chicago, The Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in DC, AWP Conference in Atlanta, Women's Week in Provincetown, The Legacy Foundation in Dallas, Vermont College, the Amelia Island Book Festival, and most recently our very own Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville.

In 2010, I started an independent publishing house Napping Porch Press which released the digital ebook versions of all of my previously, traditionally, published novels, as well as the release of the print and digital versions of my latest books: As The Table Turns, Cutting Loose, and That's Karma, Baby...

I am currently working on three writing projects. The first is a re-envisioning of my novel Then Came Jake, whose point of view flipped in the middle, and whose characters are taunting me to turn it all around all over again. I am playing with Part 2 of my novella That's Karma, Baby...and wonder about my capacity for imagining evil. Then, there's a completely outta my league tentative series of prose poetry & personal paintings: (working titles) Hurricanes, Dead Fish, and Alabama or I am the Boob Being Squished Between Demented Parents and Crazy Children in This Mammogram Machine Called Life. Or something like that...