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BRUCE MCALLISTER is a California-based writer, writing coach, book and screenplay consultant, workshop leader and "agent finder" for both new and established writers of non-fiction, fiction and screenplays.
His literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy and thriller fiction have appeared in national magazines, literary quarterlies, college textbooks and 'year's best' anthologies. His second novel and NEA Writing Fellowship winner, Dream Baby--the result of fifteen years of research--has been called "one of the most memorable chronicles of the Vietnam War." His fiction has been translated widely and received national awards and notable mentions in the New York Times, other U.S. newspapers, U.S. and foreign magazines and journals, and reference works. His articles on popular science, writing craft and sports have appeared in publications like Life, International Wildlife, The Writer and newspapers across the country.
He is an "agent finder" for his book and screenplay clients and has recently been a consultant and writing coach to writers on film and TV projects for studios and production companies. He has also edited and co-edited international anthologies for major publishers and literary presses.
He has been a writing coach and consultant on a wide range of popular books for major and smaller publishers and scientific books published by scholarly presses, including Pulitzer and National Book Award nominees; a proposal writer and proposal consultant to individuals and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors in California; a trainer in business communications and technical writing; a PR and media relations specialist; and a facilitator of autobiography and memoir writing workshops and writing-to-heal workshops for professional organizations, life-coaching seminars and conferences, non-profit organizations, and community groups.
At the University of Redlands in southern California, where he taught writing for twenty-four years, he helped establish and direct the Creative Writing Program, directed both the Professional Writing track of that program and its Communications Internship program, received various teaching and service awards, and was Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing from l990 to l995.
His interests include cultural anthropology, creativity theory, storytelling, popular culture and popular fiction, Early Man archeology, advertising and the media, science and multicultural education, theory and methodology in the social and natural sciences, the Vietnam War, U.S. foreign policy, oceanography. The son of a career Navy officer and an anthropologist mother, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Florida, California and Italy; attended middle school and art school in Italy; received degrees in English and writing from Claremont McKenna College and the University of California at Irvine; has three wonderful children (Annie, Ben and Liz); and is married to choreographer Amelie Hunter. He lives in Costa Mesa, California.