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Mary Helen Specht
Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Creative Writing

Phone: 512-637-1960

  • MFA in Fiction at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006
  • BA in English Literature at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2001
Why I Teach

To be human is to be a storyteller. I teach in the hopes of giving students the tools to find and explore their own stories.

I strive to provide students opportunities to analyze, practice and revise elements of craft in an environment where they are free to take risks. I challenge them to read and write outside their comfort zones so that they might grow as writers and as human beings. I invite students to practice empathy through imagining the lives of others and, by doing so, to also develop their own point-of-view, which is to say their voice.