Mark Axelrod is a graduate of both Indiana University and the University of Minnesota. He has been the Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing for which he has received five National Endowment for the Arts Grants. He has received numerous writing awards including two United Kingdom Leverhulme Fellowships for Creative Writing as well as screenwriting awards from the Sundance Institute, the WGA East, and the Nicholl Fellowship. He recently received awards from the Irvine International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Illinois International Film Festival for his screenplays.
He has published four novels, Capital Castles (Pacific Writers Press), Cloud Castles (Pacific Writers Press), Cardboard Castles (Pacific Writers Press), Bombay California (Pacific Writers Press), and has recently completed a novel in three books titled, The Posthumous Memoirs of Blase Kubash. He has also written several collections of short stories, including Dante's Foil & Other Sporting Tales, (Black Scat Press), Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage (Fiction Collective 2) which was translated into Spanish.
He has published four books on screenwriting, Aspects of the Screenplay (Heinemann), Character & Conflict: Cornerstones of Screenwriting (Heinemann), , I Read It At The Movies (Heinemann) and his latest book, Constructing Dialogue (Bloomsbury). He is a regular reviewer for The Review of Contemporary Fiction, the Times Literary Supplement, and has a blog on the HuffingtonPost. He has been published in numerous journals in the United States and Europe, including the Iowa Review and the New York Quarterly and his collected works run to 125 volumes.
He is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards which have enabled him to teach in Brazil and Sweden.
Selected Book Publications
Selected Film Work