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Aaron Colton Associate Teaching Professor, Director of First-Year Writing in the Writing Program


Aaron Colton is an Associate Teaching Professor and the Director of First-Year Writing in the Writing Program at Emory University. From 2020-2023, he was a Senior Lecturer in Writing Studies and the Assistant Director of the TWP Writing Studio at Duke University, and from 2018-2020 he was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech, where he was also an Assistant Director of the Communication Center. His current book project, Writing Through Writer’s Block, is under contract with the University of Iowa Press. In it, he argues that interpreting fictional narratives about creative blockage through the lens of writing studies yields substantial insights into how authors transform external constraints into literary material. He further argues that such transformations offer valuable pedagogical guidance to real writers and teachers of writing. His scholarship is forthcoming or has previously appeared in Pedagogy, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Arizona Quarterly, and College Literature, among other journals. His recent public writing has appeared in ASAP/J, Public Books, and Inside Higher Education.