How to Become a Writer


Lorrie Moore

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Mr. Killian Character Analysis

Mr. Killian is Francie’s high school English teacher who makes a critical comment about the nonsensical plot of her first short story. Rather than accepting his criticism, Francie writes a secret, angry response to it. Still, this experience seems to contribute to Francie’s resilience as she goes on to receive similar criticism over the following years.
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Mr. Killian Character Timeline in How to Become a Writer

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Killian appears in How to Become a Writer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...She writes a story about an elderly couple who accidentally shoot each other. Her teacher, Mr. Killian , compliments her images but criticizes her understanding of plot. When Francie gets home, she... (full context)