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
“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