S215. Assaying “Our Hybrid Thing”: The Cross-Pollination of Nonfiction Studies and Pedagogy

Archives, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What is the place and purpose of nonfiction studies? How do nonfiction scholarship and pedagogy serve the larger community of writers and teachers? Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies aims to make the theoretical and practical conversations of nonfiction more accessible to writers, readers, students, teachers, and scholars. Assay’s editors and authors discuss the state of nonfiction studies and the role it can play in creative writing classrooms and programs.


Karen Babine is the author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Her work has appeared in River Teeth, North American Review, Quarter After Eight, Passages North, and more.

Ned Stuckey-French teaches at Florida State. He is author of The American Essay in the American Century, coauthor of Writing Fiction, coeditor of Essayists on the Essay, and book review editor of Fourth Genre. His essays have appeared in journals such as the Normal School, Pinch, and Guernica.

Jenny Spinner is an associate professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia where she teaches nonfiction writing and literature and directs the university writing center. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Connecticut and an MFA in nonfiction from Penn State.

Taylor Brorby is reviews editor for Orion magazine. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor is an award-winning essayist, teacher, and poet. He has been recognized with numerous fellowships and residencies, and travels the country regularly to speak about hydraulic fracking.

Crystal N. Fodrey is an assistant professor of English and director of writing at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on creative nonfiction, digital writing, publishing, first-year writing, and rhetorical theory. She has published in Assay, Kairos, and the Centrality of Style.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside