Todd Mitchell

Contact Information

Phone: 815.751.5727



Office: Eddy 323B

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing Pedagogy

  • Creative Writing

Department: English


B.A., English, Oberlin College; M.F.A., Creative Writing, Fiction, Colorado State University.


Todd Mitchell currently serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program. In addition to overseeing Beginning Creative Writing sections, he teaches Adolescents' Literature (E405), Teaching College Creative Writing (E607B), Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction (E412C), Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction (E311C), Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (E311A), Beginning Creative Writing (E210), Twentieth-Century Fiction (E238), Introduction to Literature (E140), and Writing Arguments (CO300). Mr. Mitchell is the author of several novels for young adults and middle grade readers, including; The Secret to Lying (Candlewick Press, 2010, Colorado Book Award Winner), Backwards (Candlewick Press, 2013, Colorado Author's League Book Award Winner), and The Traitor King (Scholastic Press, 2007, Colorado Book Award Finalist). He's also a writer for the graphic novel, A Flight of Angels (VERTIGO, 2011), and Broken Saviors (available on his website). His short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in national and international journals, and he's received several awards for his writing, including an Arts Alive Fellowship, a Knight Select Award for Outstanding Fiction, and a Portland State Best Letter award. You can visit his personal writing website at