Western Kentucky University

Department of English - Molly McCaffrey

Dr. Molly McCaffrey

Dr. Molly McCaffrey

Instructor and Advisor

Office:  Cherry Hall 111
Phone:  270-745-5709
Email:  molly.mccaffrey@wku.edu
Website:  http://www.mollymccaffrey.com


English 100 Introduction to College Writing

English 200 Introduction to Literature

English 300 Writing in the Disciplines

English 203 Introduction to Creative Writing

English 303 Intermediate Fiction

English 399 Special Topics in Creative Writing

Pop Culture 399 Special Topics in Pop Culture


Women’s Body Issues, Pop Culture, Film and Television Studies, Publishing, Contemporary American literature, Ethnic American literature, and Creative Writing


Molly McCaffrey holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at WKU since the fall of 2008.

McCaffrey is the Pushcart-Prize nominated author of How to Survive Graduate School & Other Disasters, a collection of short stories about everyone from graduate students to Girl Scouts, from teenagers to retirees. These stories are set in Cincinnati, New Jersey, Indiana, Baltimore, East Berlin, and Washington, D.C., but all of them have one thing in common: they are stories about surviving the disasters and dysfunctional relationships we all have with friends, family, and lovers.

She is also the founder of I Will Not Diet (http://www.iwillnotdiet.com), a blog that encourages readers to reject dieting in favor of healthy living and a positive body image. McCaffrey created I Will Not Diet to reinforce the idea that we need to expand our notion of beauty and learn to like ourselves the way we are; she believes that the American obsession with dieting is one of the leading causes of obesity. 

McCaffrey just finished work on You Belong to Us, a memoir about being adopted and meeting her biological family when she was thirty years old, and is now at work on a young adult novel set in Kentucky.

You can visit her website at http://www.mollymccaffrey.com and follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MollyMcCaffrey) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMollyMcCaffrey).

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