Profile - Scott Wrobel

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Instructor Profile

Meet Scott Wrobel
Instructor of English

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, Minnesota State University Mankato; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Literature/Creative Writing, Southwest Minnesota State University

Question and Answer

  • Question

    Would you list some recent accomplishments?



    • 2012-13 Nominee: Minnesota Book Award, Los Angeles Review of Books First Fiction Award, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, for Cul De Sac: Stories.
    • 2009 Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award, Short Fiction Collection. The University of Georgia Press.
    • 2009 Nominee, Best New American Writers.
    • 2009 Winner, 2008 Third Coast Creative Nonfiction Award.
    • 2006-07 Winner, The Loft Mentor Series Award in Fiction
    • 1999-2000 Winner, Student Senate Instructor of the Year, Pine Technical and Community College.



    • 2012 Cul De Sac: Stories, fiction. Sententia Books, New York.


    • Sept. 2012 “Engravings,” short story. Connotation press. (Featured writer. Interview and review also included).
    • Apr. 2012 “Writing Suburban Fiction: The Way of the Sac,” essay. Necessary Fiction.
    • May 2010 ”After the Lovin’,” short story. Sententia.
    • June 2009 ”How not to Write a Personal Essay for Freshman Composition,” essay. Third Coast.
    • Mar. 2008 ”The Absence or Addition of Fish,” short story. Word Riot.
    • Oct. 2007 ”Storage,” short story. The Rake.
    • Oct. 2007 ”Peckers,” short story. Night Train. Issue #8.
    • Jan. 2005 “The Model Man,” short story. Pindeldyboz. 17:3
    • 2002-03 Pulp, monthly book review column. ETC Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    • May 1997 ”The Artificial Tourist: Exploring Mexico, Industrial Tourism, Banana Bread, and the Loss of Culture,” essay. Minnesota River Review. Minnesota State University, Mankato.
    • Oct. 1995 ”Life is Brutal and Full of Ambushes,” feature essay. Minnesota Monthly Magazine. Minnesota Monthly Publications.
    • Mar. 1995 ”For Jake's Sake,” short story. Great River Review. Great River Review, Inc.V.25.
  • Question

    What inspires you as a teacher?


    My inspirations as a teacher and writer are mostly British comics such as Spike Milligan, Peter Cook and Monty Python, as well as stand-up comics (the lowest form of art). American writers who have inspired me: Edward Abbey, Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver, to name just a few (or three, to be exact). And I can't go a week without watching The Voice!

  • Question

    How would you describe what happens during one of your most successful classes?



  • Question

    What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?


    I write my curriculum the same as I write my own creative work, with a particular sideways twist, looking at the world in a different way (or many), with the purpose of challenging the way students think. It's never boring.

  • Question

    How do you think students describe your teaching methods and classes?


    Challenging, tiring, entertaining or both. Sometimes all three.

  • Question

    What are some ways that you help students succeed when they need extra help?


    Listening. Empathy.

  • Question

    How do you help your students get the most out of your class?


    Laugh at my jokes even if they aren't funny.

    But I kid.

    Laughter is the first rule, and if students learn along the way, which they will, because I command it, then so much the better.

Fun Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    I take care of a community of feral/stray cats.

  • Fun Fact #2

    I take care of a community of over-spoiled domestic cats (and dogs), who are a lot less appreciative of their lot than the feral/stray cats.

  • Fun Fact #3

    I love the rock and roll and especially the heavy metal.

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