Getting Non-Writers to Write: Teaching Outside of the English Department

Room 2103A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


"I'm not good at writing," "I don't know what to write," and "My English isn't good enough"—working with creative writers outside English departments requires shifts in expectations, approaches, and consciousness. This panel gathers those working in a variety of nontraditional settings: libraries, prisons, hospitals, and teacher certification programs. Each panelist addresses challenges they've encountered and strategies for success to teach with courage, creativity, and care.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_FEB_6_2024.docx



Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, author of Imperfect Tense (poems), four education books, and numerous articles and essays, was awarded 2015–2023 NEA Big Read grants, a Fulbright (2014), and artist residency (2017) in Mexico. She is a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia.

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, most recently the novel Barn 8. A Guggenheim fellow and finalist for the National Book Critics Award, she has published in the Paris Review, Granta, Harpers, and elsewhere. A professor at UT Austin, she also directs a prison creative writing program.

Elline Lipkin's book The Errant Thread was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press Book Award. Also the author of Girls' Studies (Seal Press), Lipkin is a research scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women and teaches for Writing Workshops Los Angeles.

Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Cemetery Ink, Immigrant Model, and Father Dirt, translator of Liliana Ursu's Clay and Star and Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper, and coeditor of Border Lines: Poems of Migration. She is associate professor of English at Monmouth University (NJ).

Iris Jamahl Dunkle


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center