Along with my CV below, you can also read samples of my work.

For short articles focusing on fitness, check out Dangerous Equipment or The Deadlift

For longer form nonfiction, here is part of my book proposal for Reasons For Hope

And this links to my how-to book Writing Great Fiction


Bruce Roland Elgin

1203 North Marion Avenue

Washington, IA 52353




National University, La Jolla, CA

MFA in Creative Writing, May 2007.

Creative Thesis: ”Jenny’s Blog,” Screenplay

Advisor: Helen Kantor

Committee: Karen Offitzer, Steven David Ginsberg and Colin Dickey

Pedagogy Thesis: “The Integrated Writing and Reading Classroom”

Advisor: Sharon Sakada


The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

BA in English, minor in Art, May 1992



Gotham Writer’s Workshop, New York, NY

Master level writing courses, 2009-11


Writers Bootcamp, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Membership, Screenwriting, 2008-09


University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Executive Masters in Project Management, 2004



Japanese – Beginner

Mandarin Chinese – Beginner



Adobe Photoshop

Final Cut Pro





University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

International Writing Program

How Writers Write Fiction 2015

Massive Open Online Course with over 11,000 students


Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City, Iowa

Department of Adult Education

Screenwriting adult education class, Fall 2008


National University, La Jolla, CA 2006-07

Creative Writing Graduate Teaching Assistant

Screenwriting, Spring 2006

Advanced Screenwriting, Fall 2006

Advanced Fiction Writing, Spring 2007



University of Notre Dame, 2006, 2008, & 2009

Guest lecturer in Fight Choreography for Action Cinema Class, Film Theory Class and Acting Class.



Fiction Writing Instructor

Washington Public Library, Washington, IA, 2013-14

Year-long after school program on writing for High School students, with emphasis on general writing skills and fiction writing.


Writing Coach and Editor, 2012-15

Freelance story consultant for over 500 writers online


Advanced Screenwriting Instructor, 2010-2011

Special seminars for Iowa Scriptwriter’s Alliance on Advanced screenwriting, Action Stories and Character Development.


Screenwriting Master Class, 2007

Six month private class focused on producing marketable feature length screenplays.


Genre Mapping Screenwriting Seminars, 2006-07

Ongoing seminars designed to understand the feature of particular film genres.


Defensive Tactics Instructor – Iowa National Guard and ROTC, 2005-13

Provided advanced self-defense training to keep soldiers safe in close quarters situations.


Iowa Thespian Festivals, 2004-07

Seminars in Filmmaking, Lighting, Fight Choreography and Screenwriting.


Iowa Digital Filmmakers Guild Seminars, 2003-07

Screenwriting, Spring 2003

Lighting and Camera Work, Fall 2003

Directing and Acting, Spring 2004

Pre-Production and Planning, Fall 2004

Lighting and Camera Work, Spring 2005

Post-Production and Editing, Fall 2005

Working with Actors, Spring 2006

Advanced Screenwriting, Fall 2006

Advanced Screenwriting, Spring 2007


Cutting Edge Martial Arts, 1996-2014

Founder & Martial Arts Instructor

Providing individualized, student focused instruction in a variety of disciplines and philosophies ranging from military defensive tactics and street self-defense to ring training.



Reasons For Hope.  Iowa City, Hope Books, forthcoming in 2016


Bargaining With the Devil.  Proposal under review



Schism. Hope Books, 2014 – Print, e-book and online release < >


Voodootown.  Grasshorse Publishing, 2012 – 7 issue e-book series and online release < >



“Purgatory,” 2014, in development

Collapse, 2009 , World-wide DVD Release 2014

The Offering, 2009 , World-wide DVD Release 2014.

“Territiories”, 2008 , Under review by Morgan Freeman

“White Skin”, 2008, Optioned

“Entanglement”, 2008, On the market

Jenny’s Blog, 2007 Internet Release, 2007

“Paperback Writer”, 2007, On the market

“The Rupture”, 2007, On the market

“Windigo”, 2006, Optioned

“Schism”, 2006 On the market



Collapse, 2009, – Writer/Producer

Feature Film  Distributed by Ytinifni Films – 2014


Splatter, 2009, – Producer

Feature Film


The Offering, 2009, – Writer/Producer/Director

Feature Film  Distributed by Ytinifni Films – 2014


Eternal Punishment, 2008, – Director of Photography

Feature Film


Jenny’s Blog, 2007, – Writer/Producer/Director/Editor

First Ever Feature Film designed for Release on


Legend Has It, 2007, – Producer/Director of Photography

Feature Film


Mid-summer’s eve of the Living Dead, 2007, – Director of Photography

Experimental short


The First Tomorrow, 2007, – Writer/Producer/Director/Editor

Short Film


Count On Me, 2006 , – Assistant Director

Short Film


Loser, 2006, – Writer/Producer/Director/Fight Choreographer

Short Film


Through the Night, 2006, – Director of Photography/Camera/Fight Choreographer/

Independent Feature Film


Souvenir, 2005, – Writer/Director of Photography

Short Film


Voice at the Door, 2004 – Writer/Producer/Director/Editor

Short Film


Reduisti, 2002, – Writer/Producer/Director/Editor

Short Film



Livestrong Presidential Forum, 2007, – Documentarian

Documentary of first ever Livestrong Foundation Presidential Forum


Biodiesel, 2006, – Field Director, Camera

Training Documentary


That’s Clever!, 2006, – Director of Photography

Four Segments, National Television Broadcast



Provident Bank, 2007, – Field Producer

Commercials for Massachusetts Bank


CBAI Convention, 2007 – Field Producer

Documentary and commercials for Illinois Banking Convention


Halcyon House, 2007 – Director of Photography

Local Commercial and Informational videos


JEL – Masks/Little Masks, 2005 – Location Scout & Manager/Assistant Director

National Television Commercial


Entertainment Tonight, 2004 – Director of Photography/1st Camera

National Television Segment on Ashton Kutcher


Friday Night Concert Series, 2003 – Field Director/1st Camera

Local Television Series



Founder, Organizer

Landlocked Film Festival, Iowa City, IA 2007

Conceptualized and developed the inaugural year of the festival which brought in filmmakers from Alaska to New York to Los Angeles.  Organized venues and locations, was primary contact for all submissions, judged film and script competitions, oversaw attendee experience and satisfaction.


Board Member

Iowa City’s Summer of the Arts, Iowa City, IA 2006-2009

Promoted and organized the Iowa Picture Show, the first ever inclusion of independent and student film during Iowa City’s Arts Fest.

Raised funds for Summer of the Arts and particularly for future independent and student film events tied to Summer of the Arts


Writer, Producer & Host

City of Iowa City Cable Channel, Iowa City, IA 2002-2006

Wrote scripts, scheduled and conducted interviews, and coordinated The Avatar Project show for over 2 years.  Wrote, produced, anchored, filmed interviews, edited over 50 shows, both live and pre-recorded.  Trained staff in use of Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro and other video editing tools.


Founder and Former President

The Iowa Digital Filmmaker’s Guild  2002-2009

Increased membership from 3 independent filmmakers to a community of over 60 writers, producers, and directors.  Promoted independent film production in Iowa through creation of statewide filmmaker network, training seminars and public screenings.


Project Management Coach

The University of Iowa, Design & Construction Services, Iowa City, IA 1998-2005

Managed the design, development and implementation a web-based project management application system with a cross-departmental team and trained 50+ in-house and 200+ remote users, leading to greater connection, efficiency and accountability for all team members.