Tandy Tillinghast

Instructor, Writing, English Studies Department

503-838-9357 | tillingt@wou.edu
MA 325

Personal Website

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Office Hours

All office hours are Online. Additional by appointment.

Course schedule

Spring 2020
30712 WR122 COLLEGE WRITING II TR 1200-1350 TODD 110
31059 WR121 COLLEGE WRITING I MW 1200-1350 TODD 110
30714 WR122 COLLEGE WRITING II TR 1400-1550 TODD 110


What you will do and learn in my courses


Dear Writer,


We are beginning a new journey together for words. I look forward to helping you make significant progress this term. First, I will begin by learning your goals for your writing and education.


Understanding the purpose of each writing piece is imperative to aiding writers’ progress.


I have been teaching for the past nineteen years. Most recently, I have been an adjunct instructor for Western Oregon University and online for graduate students at SNHU. As an educator, my goal is to aid each student in the greatest progress possible in our limited time together. Writing is an essential learning process. If you haven’t found your ideal writing process, let’s discover innovations and perfect that process today!


In 2010, I received my Master of Fine Arts from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, a low-residency program. My writing leans toward magical realism; the surreal and the grotesque captivate me. Now, I write and teach in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.


My husband Drew is a Winemaker and we have a boutique, family wine label, Harper Voit. When I am not writing, teaching or pouring wine, you might find me with my eleven-year-old, cross-country champion runner Oliver or our two dogs Zissou and Zoey.


Below, you can read a bio about my writing. Now, I anticipate reading your words.



Be well, 




Best Place in a Long Dark is Tandy Tillinghast's first unpublished fiction collection.  In 2010, she received her MFA in Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.  Tandy Tillinghast writes to understand others' experiences, often exploring the impossible possibility in everyday encounters.  Ms. Tillinghast's story "Breath" appeared in The Evolutionary Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1, her story "Hotline," a finalist in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award and Best Place, a finalist in Kore Press 2014 Open Reading.  Currently, she crafts her second fiction collection about the surreal impact of science on ordinary lives.



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