The sixth season of the Creative Writing Lecture Series continues with James Wood, staff writer at The New Yorker and Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University. He is the author of How Fiction Works (2008), as well as two essay collections, The Broken Estate (1999) and The Irresponsible Self (2004), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a novel, The Book Against God (2003).
In 1990 Wood won Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. From 1992 to 1995 Wood was the chief literary critic of The Guardian, and in 1994 served as a judge for the Booker Prize for fiction. He was a senior editor at The New Republic from 1995 to 2007. Wood's reviews and essays have appeared frequently in the New York Times, The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books, among others. Wood received a National Magazine Award in 2009 and a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin for 2010-11. At Boston University, Wood co-taught with the late novelist Saul Bellow. He has also taught at Kenyon College, Harvard University and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the graduate Writing Program at Columbia University.