Mrs. Jan Worth-Nelson


Campus Phone: (810) 762-3183



M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry), Warren Wilson College, 1992.

     My MFA dissertation was on architecture and poetry, built around Philip Larkin’s “High Windows” and

     “Church Going” and Elizabeth Bishop’s “The End of March.”

M.S.W. Interpersonal Communication, University of Michigan, 1981

B.A. Journalism, Kent State University, 1971

Specializations/Areas of Interest

Religion in the academy, especially as it plays out in first-year writing

Peace Corps writing

Civic engagement and community writing in first-year composition

“Best practices” strategies for introductory creative writing

Pedagogical practices to for enlivening “form and content” harmonies in poetry

Publications/Current Research

“Ordinary Dirt,’  Driftwood Special 100-word Issue on “Earth,” December 2009.


“Yes, Even College English Teachers Fall for Facebook,”  Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 12, 2008.


“I’m Torn to See Newspapers Go,”  Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 8, 2008.

Night Blind, top ten finalist in literary fiction, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2006. 

“Student Pieties and Pedagogical Hot Spots,” Writing on the Edge (UC-Davis journal on writing and teaching writing), Fall 2003.

Jan is widely published and continue to write poems, personal essays, and short stories.

Courses I Teach

ENG 111 College Rhetoric

ENG 112 Critical Writing and Reading

ENG 260 Creative Non-Fiction

ENG 296 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENG 299 Special Topic:  Green Arts

ENG 392 Advanced Creative Writing:  Fiction

ENG 393/562 Advanced Creative Writing:  Poetry

ENG 560 Green Ink

ENG 562 Truth and Lies – Fiction and Memoir