Caitlin Amaral

Full Time Lecturer

English & Communication



Liberal Arts 303


Columbia UniversityMFA
Tufts UniversityBA





An introduction to the principles of journalism, news, and article writing. The course concentrates on reporting practice and techniques, information gathering, writing style, ethics, objectivity in reporting, and current trends in journalism.

Techniques of writing fiction. Guides students through writing and refining short fiction. This course develops students' abilities to create and revise short stories reflecting an understanding of the elements of fiction, including characterization, dialogue, plot, setting, point of view, and theme. In addition, students will analyze their own writing, peer stories, and model stories. Students will learn how to respond to the writing of their peers and offer helpful feedback. Workshop format.

Internship opportunities in the public and private sector. Students will augment their internship with on­ campus seminar meetings and assignments designed to integrate the student's real-world experience with the academic discipline. Typical internships are with organizations in publishing, government, media, journalism, software, public relations, and a variety of public and non-profit areas.


Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Popular Culture
  • Fiction

Caitlin O'Neil came to UMass Dartmouth in Fall 2009. She teaches Intermediate Composition, Journalism, and Writing About Popular Culture. Prior to joining the UMassD faculty full-time, she taught as a senior lecturer at Suffolk University. Prior to teaching, Caitlin was an award-winning writer and producer for WGBH Interactive in Boston, working on well-known PBS programs such as American Experience, Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery, Antiques Roadshow, and This Old House. She has been a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and is a board member of the Writers' Room of Boston.

Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Runner's World, Budget Travel, Publishers Weekly, Poets and Writers magazine, and other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, Beloit Fiction Journal, Faultline, and Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 1995 and her BA from Tufts University in 1993.

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