In response to the spread of COVID-19 in our region, the Alabama School of Fine Arts campus and DJD Theater are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All schoolwork has transitioned to remote learning. Summer camps have been canceled. Faculty and staff are available through email. Please click here for a staff directory or click here for general inquiries.
TJ Beitelman
TJ Beitelman directs ASFA's Creative Writing program. He has taught writing and literature at ASFA since 2002. He holds a Master's degree in English from Virginia Tech, where he completed his Master's project in film criticism, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he taught composition, literature, and creative writing, and also served as editor-in-chief of Black Warrior Review. A recipient of fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, he currently serves on the board of the Alabama Writers' Forum and as President of the Alabama Writers' Cooperative

Courses Taught at ASFA
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • Writing for Film
  • Lyrical Forms: Words + Sounds + Images
  • Lyrical Forms: Prosody
  • Forms of Fiction: The Art & Science of Storytelling
  • Forms of Nonfiction: Breaking Narrative Boundaries
  • Creative Writing Senior Thesis
  • Creative Writing Senior Practicum
  • Contemporary Poetry Survey
  • Contemporary Fiction Survey
  • Contemporary Nonfiction Survey
  • Special Topics: 21st Century Challenges
  • Special Topics: Writing America
  • Special Topics: Writing in the Digital Age
  • Special Topics: The Mythic in a Mundane World
  • World Literature 
For a detailed, updated academic CV, please click the link to the PDF file below.