About “Doc” Hensley

Dr. Hensley is director of Taylor University’s professional writing program, a position he has held for 14 years. He is the author of 51 books, including eight textbooks on professional writing and six popular novels, as well as more than 150 published short stories and 3,000 newspaper and magazine articles. He holds a Ph.D. in literature and linguistics from Ball State University. Dr. Hensley is a contributing editor and columnist for Writer’s Journal and Advanced Christian Writer. Jerry Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series, says, “Dennis Hensley runs the finest college writing program in America. He is a successful author and a dynamic teacher. I tell people that the Hensley program at Taylor is phenomenal.” Dr. Hensley and his wife Rose have two married children and three grandchildren.



  1. Doc Henley,

    I am researching graduate and/or doctoral programs in literature. I’m not sure if an undergraduate degree in writing will be a prerequisite for most of the programs. My undergraduate degree is in business administration and (non-declared) literature. Are there any ptograms that you would recommend, including your alma mater?

    I have also completed a narrative of my memoir and I am working on a screen writing project. I’m not sure if my memoir should be two books or one. I’m also not sure if a novel would be more appealing to readers than a narrative. The screen writing project probably reads more like a novel. Some of the scenes in the film are not in the novel, but are close enough to the original story for viewers to recognize it.

    How you recommend that I proceed?

    Thank you,

    Ernest Sutton

  2. Dear Ernest,
    Yes, most graduate school programs in literature or linguistics or journalism will require an undergraduate degree in English or a related field. However, some English programs that specialize in MFA degrees (master of fine arts) will accept students with a more diverse educational background. You might explore that.
    As for your memoir, unless you are a famous celebrity of some sort, most publishers won’t be interested in publishing your life story. However, if you have had an interesting life, you might want to turn the events into a novel. That would have a more ready and open market.
    Dr. Hensley

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  6. Dear Doc Hensley,

    Remember the time when you sexually harrassed/assaulted me after I had told you a very vulnerable personal experience during one of our “advisor sessions”?

    I asked if you had a wife, and you said she had lupus, and was in a lot of pain…oh, and that it had been “so long since you held a woman.” Remember that?

    Remember when you lied and said you never did it? And your old boys’ club at Taylor FW backed you?

    And then, when I left, you probably logged right on and wrote more about “Jesus in the 9 to 5,” you piece of shit.

    Remember that?

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