Much loved by his students in his classes at Goucher and beyond, Bill U’Ren is an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing and Screenwriting within Goucher’s Creative Writing Program. Professor U’Ren is a veteran film adaptation specialist. He has published 40 short stories in magazines such as Chicago Review, Michigan Quarterly and The Minnesota Review, and his fiction has won Barthelme and Cambor Awards. His film adaptation work began in 1988 with Box 100 for Columbia Pictures. He recently adapted John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat for Saddlebow Entertainment and Helen Cresswell’s Ordinary Jack. His most recent screenplay, 1296 Hits, earned an IFP No Borders Prize. Professor U’Ren received a Master’s in Fiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars Department. He has been a writer for the 21st Century Genius at Career Communications Group, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, a fiction editor at Gulf Coast, fellowship lecturer at University of Houston, and a staff writer at UCLA Daily Bruin.