Phil Treon

Biographical Statement:photo_phil treon

I earned an M.A. degree at NMSU. Besides teaching here, I have taught writing at Nashville Technical Institute, the University of Colorado at Denver, El Paso Community College, and the University of Texas at El Paso. I have also worked as a freelance writer, commercial fisherman, truck driver, and powder monkey. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy sea kayaking, sailing, and free diving in tropical waters.

Courses Recently Taught:

Typically, I teach ENGL 203G: Business & Professional Communication and ENGL 218G: Technical & Scientific Communication. I also teach ENGL 394: Southwestern Literature and an English 211 class that investigates how and why humans survive (or die) under extreme conditions.

Creative Interests:

Although I have written and published short stories, and co-authored a full length theatrical play (produced and published), my primary creative interest for many years has been the writing of screenplays — original movies based on my own concepts, or for projects that were assigned to me. The feature-length movie Refuge (filmed in Las Cruces, NM) is based on an original story that I co-authored with screenwriter/director Mark Medoff. Having set aside film work for now, I’m currently working on a novel.

Professional Statement:

Good writing is hard work. In my writing classes, I try to create a workshop environment where students can give and receive constructive criticism to help them improve their documents and gain confidence in their own writing style.

Contact: or 575-646-3932

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