Associate Professor, Director of Creative Writing Teaching Program



B.A., English, Oberlin College; M.F.A., Creative Writing, Fiction, Colorado State University. 

Todd Mitchell serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program. In addition to overseeing Beginning Creative Writing (E210) sections, he teaches creative writing and literature courses including; Intermediate and Advanced Fiction workshops (E311A and E412A), Intermediate and Advanced Creative Nonfiction workshops (E311C and E412C), Beginning Creative Writing (E210), YA Literature (E405), Teaching College Creative Writing (E607B), Short Fiction (E236), Introduction to Literature (E140), and other Capstone and contemporary literature courses. 

Todd is the author of several novels for young adults and middle grade readers, including; The Namer of Spirits (Owl Hollow Press, American Fiction Award Winner),  The Last Panther (Penguin Random House, Colorado Book Award Winner), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick Press, Colorado Book Award Winner), Backwards (Candlewick Press, CAL Book Award Winner), and The Traitor King (Scholastic Press, Colorado Book Award Finalist). He's also a writer for the graphic novel, A Flight of Angels (VERTIGO), and Broken Saviors (available on ComiXology).  

In addition to writing books and comics, Todd works with artists, teachers, and writers on ways to enhance creativity. His newest nonfiction book for adult creators is titled Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self (Owl Hollow Press, Nautilus Gold Book Award Winner). To learn more about Todd’s writing and community projects, visit his personal author website at