Margot Singer is the Dominick Consolo Professor of English and the Director of Denison’s Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement. She is the author of a novel, Underground Fugue; the short story collection The Pale of Settlement, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and co-editor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction, a collection of critical essays. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, an M.Phil. from Oxford, and a B.A. from Harvard.
Peter Grandbois is an Associate Professor of English at Denison, where he teaches courses in creative writing and literature and coaches the fencing club. He is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including two novels (The Gravedigger and Nahnoonkara), a collection of flash fiction (Domestic Disturbances), a memoir (The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir), and three novella collections. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, and New York. He is a senior editor at Boulevard magazine.
Alison Stine, an alumna of Denison, was a student in the inaugural Reynolds Young Writers Workshop and has been a member of the Reynolds faculty since 2002. She is the author of five books: a novella, The Protectors; a YA novel, Supervision, two award-winning books of poetry: Wait and Ohio Violence; and a poetry chapbook, Lot of My Sister. She has taught at Fordham University, Gettysburg College, at the University of Maryland, where she received her MFA, and at Ohio University, where she received her PhD in English. She works as a freelance writer/reporter in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio.
The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop Teaching Associate Staff are recent Denison graduates or current creative writing majors. Many participated in the Reynolds Workshop when they were in high school. All are accomplished poets and writers with substantial teaching experience. Recent TAs have studied creative writing at Stanford University, Purdue, the University of Missouri, the University of Michigan, and other top graduate programs. TAs work closely with faculty in leading workshops, coaching participants, compiling the Reynolds Workshop Anthology, coordinating program activities, and supervising residential life.
Creative Writing at Denison University
Denison University offers majors and minors in English focusing on either creative writing or literature. Creative writing majors take a sequence of workshops in multiple genres plus a range of literature classes, along with the broad array of courses associated with a liberal arts education. The sequence of creative writing courses begins with an introductory multi-genre class, continues with at least one advanced workshop (in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary translation, or other genres), and culminates with a required full-year independent senior writing project. Senior writers work in small groups under the close guidance of a member of the creative writing faculty and produce a book-length work of poetry or prose.
Denison’s new concentration in Narrative Nonfiction Writing is designed for students majoring in any subject who are interested in writing that combines rigorous research with compelling, story-driven prose. Students gain in-depth experience in researching and writing long-form journalism about topics in their areas of academic and personal interest. They gain skills in fact-based storytelling with a focus on ethical reporting and research; multiple experiences of sustained independent research and writing; and mentorship in making structured connections across academic courses, internships, extracurricular writing activities and independent writing projects.
Denison’s creative writing faculty includes acclaimed poets and writers David Baker, Michael Croley, Peter Grandbois, Jack Shuler, Margot Singer, and Ann Townsend. In addition, the endowed Beck Series brings many prominent writers to campus each year for short residencies to give readings, craft talks, workshops, and manuscript consultations. Recent visiting writers have included Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Louise Erdrich, Bill McKibben, Stephen Millhauser, Michael Pollan, Louise Glück, Pam Houston ’83, and many others. The creative writing program publishes Exile, an award-winning student-edited literary magazine. We also have a vibrant student-run creative writing club, student readings, and much more!
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