UW-River Falls English professor set to publish his third book

joereinSmallMarch 24, 2016--University of Wisconsin-River Falls Assistant English Professor Joe Rein has two books under his belt and a third on its way. This busy educator and father of three published his first book in graduate school on creative writing pedagogy and then another in January 2015 on creative writing in the digital age. His third and newest book, "Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom," is set to be out in late 2016.  

"In graduate school, I realized that studying creative writing needed to be more than simply reading and writing a lot," said Rein. "These books try to expand the definition of what is possible in the classroom."

While UW-River Falls is no stranger to a professor who pursues scholarly activity beyond the classroom, Rein's accomplishments in a relatively short amount of time are phenomenal.  

A prolific writer, Rein, of River Falls, has had one of his short stories nominated for a Pushcart Prize, honoring the best work in literary magazines and he has also had two screenplays, titled "15 Minutes with Jacob" and "Restitution," made into short films.

"Dr. Rein is a superb colleague who was recognized for his efforts with a 2014 college award for research, scholarship and creative activities," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Brad Caskey. "His most recent publication is especially exciting as it focuses on methods of improving the educational experiences of students." 

In addition to teaching creative writing and workshop courses in the English Department, Rein also collaborates with the university's Stage and Screen Arts Department in his screenwriting course. He also co-teaches a course which produces the university's Falcon Web Series.   For more information about Rein, or the programs offered through the UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences, visit

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