Michael Conniff’s novel, BOOK OF O’KELLS: MOTHER NATURE, reached the Amazon Top Ten list for Historical Fiction in 2016 and again in 2018. The author of more than a dozen published short stories, he was nominated by Tim O’Brien and selected as a Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. His play, THE MADNESS OF HATTERS, from the multimedia, multi-form BOOK OF O’KELLS, was performed in workshop by Theatre Aspen. In addition, BOOK OF O’KELLS: THE GOOD EGG, was the first and only novel ever conceived and consummated on Facebook. He has written several TV pilots and screenplays, including CLIMATA and SPY HIGH, one-hour dramatic thrillers; the screenplays JOE SMALL and MUTINY ON THE MAIDEN; the novella HYDE: SEEK; and the how-to book WRITE GOOD!
Mr. Conniff was the first Harvard writing instructor to use word processing as a teaching tool. He is co-founder of the Isaacson School for New Media in Aspen and founded the Digital Story Lab at Colorado Mountain College. He is also a featured HuffPo blogger; former editor-in-chief of the blog Aspen Post and editor-at-large at Aspen Peak magazine; and the former host of Con Games in Aspen, the #1-rated radio talk show. A graduate of Harvard with honors in history, he cut his teeth as a copy boy and then a reporter on the San Francisco Examiner, Baltimore News American, and the Boston Herald; in his career, he has started four independent news services and co-founded Interactive Sports, a consumer media company that produced over 100,000 stories for company-owned brands and a joint-venture with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). The company also developed and operated the interactive information network at MCI Center, one of the first such systems of its kind in the world.
In recent time he has joined NewChip Accelerator in Austin, Texas, as a startup Mentor; he also serves as a board member for the Foreign Press Correspondents Association.