Doug Hesse is founding Executive Director of the Writing Program at the University of Denver and Professor of English. Currently he serves as President Elect of the National Council of Teachers of English. He is author of some 55 essays and co-author of four books, including Creating Nonfiction, co-authored with the writer Becky Bradway (Bedford/St. Martin's) and the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers. He's presented over 90 readings, talks, and conference papers, more than 30 of them as keynote speaker, and chaired the Executive Committee of the MLA Division on Teaching as a Profession. Hesse was founding coordinator of the Norman Mailer/NCTE National High School and College Writing Awards in Creative Nonfiction. A former Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a former President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and a former editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, Hesse previously taught at Illinois State University, where he directed the Honors Program, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the graduate program in English studies, and the writing program. The DU Writing Program has received the prestigious CCCC Certificate of Excellence. His PhD is from The University of Iowa, where he wrote and wrote about nonfiction. He sings with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus and enjoys hiking and photography. He's married to a writer and has three grown children, two of them successful journalists, one of them a successful cellist. His scholarly interests are creative nonfiction, writing pedagogy, the organization of writing programs, and national literacy efforts.