S241. Creative Writers, Composition Teachers

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Most creative writers who teach will, at some point in their careers, find themselves in the composition classroom. For many, first-year writing provides the first teaching experience. This panel explores the strengths that creative writers bring to the composition classroom, the struggles they inevitably face, and lessons from this teaching that can serve them throughout their teaching and writing careers.


Shane Seely is the author of two books of poems: The Surface of the Lit World, winner of the Hollis Summers Prize; and The Snowbound House, winner of the Philip Levine Prize. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Rachael Stewart has been a teacher of writing and literature for twenty years and is the director of the Elgin Community College Writers Center. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Jenni Moody is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a fiction editor for cream city review. Her stories have appeared in Booth and Strangelet, among others. She attended the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Jonathan Udelson is a writer and PhD student of rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville. His fiction has appeared in Fiction magazine, Baltimore Review, and Ampersand Review, among others. He is the cocreator of the comic series Igglish (Hound Comics), and is at work on a novel.

Tina Shen earned a BA in gender studies from the University of Chicago and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She currently teaches writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specializes in supporting first-generation and international students.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside