Margaret McNellis

About me

A writer/editor of both nonfiction and fiction, I am earned my MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in May of 2015. As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success, I believe in the value of personal goal-setting, accountability, and high quality work.

I’m now pursuing my MFA Fiction, along with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Composition. For my thesis, I’m working on a historical novel that takes place during the brief but brutal Pequot War.

With ten years’ professional writing experience, I have written blog and website content, as well as feature work and short fiction for various markets, including: Fictitious Magazine, See Spot Run, The Penman Review, The Copperfield Review, and Dual Coast Magazine.

From my website

Writing Prompt: Fish

This week, I want you to write a story about a fish out of water. Your protagonist can find herself in a new place, facing a language barrier, or something much smaller-scale. Have fun! You have 1,500 words.

Writing Prompt: Identity

Your protagonist wakes up one morning to find that she or he doesn’t have an identity. Maybe your character can’t go to the bank, or some other banal activity, or maybe it’s a bigger problem than that for your character, but either way, your character wakes up and no longer…

TA Update: Collaboration is Key

On Wednesday, I taught my first lesson of the semester. Whereas last fall I was TA-ing in a freshman course, this semester I’m in a sophomore seminar. For this lesson, I worked with my fellow TA (we’re in the same class this time around) to plan about an hour’s worth…

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