Frances Howard-Snyder

Writer & Philosopher

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman



Fiction writer and philosopher, Frances Howard-Snyder, has been in love with stories and big, hard why questions since she was a tiny child. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse and teaching at Western Washington University, she earned an MFA in creative writing at The Rainier Writing workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2022. She tries to blend her two passions, by writing fiction that explores difficult questions about trust and faith, #Metoo, love and cultural appropriation.  

She has published stories in Halfway Down the Stairs, Oxford Magazine, The Magnolia Review, and other places. Her short story collection, (now) titled, People you Know and Don’t Love won a first-place ribbon at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. She is working on more stories, a novel, and a craft book, Cause and Effect in Fiction (under contract with Macmillan for 2024). When not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, playing chess, travelling, and hanging out with her family: Dan, William and Peter. 

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Cause and Effect in Fiction

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