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Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens

Instructor, English Literature & Creative Writing Department


Peter Behrens began his screenwriting career working in collaboration with the producer Jerome Hellman. Behrens has several film and television credits as writer and story consultant. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (West) and the Writers Guild of Canada. He has guest-lectured at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

His first novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor-General's Award, Canada's most prestigious book prize, and has been published in nine languages. The New York Times Book Review called his second novel, The O'Briens, "a major achievement." He is also the author of the novel Carry Me, and two collections of short stories, Night Driving and Travelling Light. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many anthologies. A native of Montreal, he held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and is currently a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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