Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing Pedagogy



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 Last Panther (Random House, Green Earth Honor Book winner), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick Press, Colorado Book Award Winner), Backwards (Candlewick Press, CAL Book Award Winner), and The Traitor King (Scholastic Press, Colorado Book Award Finalist). He's also a writer for the graphic novel, A Flight of Angels (VERTIGO), and Broken Saviors (available on ComiXology). 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