James Brosnan

Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Jim Brosnan
I spend a lot of time at writers’ retreats, so I can impart what I learn as an active writer.”


James Brosnan currently teaches Intro to Creative Writing, Studies in Poetry, English Composition, Advanced Composition & Communication, and Communication Skills.

He has also taught graduate-level courses in Professional Communication and Research Methods (1992-2002) as part-time graduate school faculty.

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Flash Fiction

Sample Courses

  • ENG3402 - Intermediate Creative Writing
  • ENG4403 - Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Professional Service

  • Weybosset Hill Writers Advisor, 1997–present
    Advise a group of students interested in pursuing creative writing as a serious profession or hobby. Students share poetry, fiction or personal essays with other student writers for peer critique. After their discussion, I interject some professional comments related to the work and/or possible venues for publication. I also take time to update members about upcoming deadlines for contests and publication submissions.

  • New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) Chair, 1996–present
    Chair regional accreditation focus (F) and decennial (D) visits. I have chaired 19 evaluations, including:
    Barre Technical Center, Vermont (F)
    Burlington Technical Center, Vermont (F)
    Windham Regional Career Center, Vermont (F)
    Randolph Technical Careeer Center, Vermont (D)
    United Technologies Center, Maine (F)
    Portland Arts & Technology, Maine (F)
    Cold Hollow Career Center, Vermont (F)
    Westfield Vocational Technical High, Mass. (D)
    United Technologies, Maine (D)
    Vinal Regional Technical HS, Conn. (F)
    Charles McCann Technical School, Mass. (F)

  • The Maze Advisor, 1998–present
    Advise a group of students in soliciting literary submissions, assessing the contributions (by blind read) to decide those worthy of publication, and select cover art. Students then layout the magazine with selected pieces, deciding on placement of poetry and prose selections in addition to photos/sketchwork. A mock-up copy is then approved by the staff. The editor then contacts the printing department for color choices for the cover, weight of paper, etc. Printing deadlines are established and distribution is plannned.