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.
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.
How to Become a Writer
...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)