Donna Steiner

Associate Professor


Contact

330 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2609
donna.steiner@oswego.edu

Office hours

FALL 2019
Monday 11:00-12:00
Wednesday 11:00-12:30 & 3:00-5:00
or by appointment

Donna Steiner received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Her writing has been published in literary journals including Fourth Genre, Shenandoah, The Sun, and Stone Canoe. She is a contributing writer for Hippocampus Magazine, a nonfiction literary journal, and was a 2011 fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been anthologized in Under the Influence: The Literature of Addiction (Modern Library); What's Your Exit: A Literary Detour through New Jersey (Word Riot Press); and Women on the Verge (St. Martin's Press), and appears in many college textbooks.

Steiner recently completed a manuscript of linked, place-based essays and is working on a collection of poems. Her chapbook, Elements, is being released in 2013 from Sweet Publications.

Publications

Classes taught

SPRING 2020 COURSES

CRW 208/800 TR 2:20-3:40 210 Marano CC
CRW 208/800 TR 12:45-2:05 323 Marano CC
CRW 408/800 TR 3:55-5:15 231 Marano CC

CRW 208 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING: INTRODUCTION - This is a beginning workshop in creative nonfiction – telling true stories. Stories may be based on memory, or may be based on observation or research – the common denominator is that they really happened. Nonfiction means “not fiction,” but as you will see, it means much more than that – the genre is fluid and expansive. Students will discuss samples of creative nonfiction, practice craft through short exercises, produce their own true stories for workshop, and offer feedback/critique on each other’s writing. Goals: hone writing skills, develop a critical vocabulary, learn workshop procedures and etiquette, and become familiar with forms of nonfiction. To complete this course successfully: attend class, submit assignments on time and to the stated guidelines, be prepared for class, and fully participate in activities and discussions. Students need no previous creative writing experience…just the desire to learn and engage.

CRW 408 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING: ADVANCED - This is a dynamic workshop focusing on creativity and professionalism.  We study diverse samples of the essay form – including “hybrid” and “hermit crab” structures – and practice craft through short exercises. Students write their own essays for workshop, and compose sophisticated responses/critiques. We discuss writing/literary issues in the news and what it means to be a writer/artist in contemporary culture. Students research literary journals and may choose to submit a piece of their own writing. Students also examine their own influences, aspirations and growth and complete an aesthetic statement. Having received a passing grade in CRW 308 is a prerequisite.

FALL 2019 COURSES

CRW 208/800 MWF 12:40-1:35 322 Marano CC
CRW 208/8CF MWF 1:50-2:45 322 Marano CC
CRW 355/800 M 4:30-7:00 208 Marano CC

CRW 208 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING: INTERMEDIATE-This is a beginning workshop in creative nonfiction – telling true stories. Stories may be based on memory, or may be based on observation or research – the common denominator is that they really happened. Nonfiction = not fiction, but as you will see, it means much more than that because the genre is fluid and expansive. Students will discuss samples of creative nonfiction, practice craft through short exercises, produce their own true stories for workshop, and offer feedback/critique on each other’s writing. Goals: hone writing skills, develop a critical vocabulary, learn workshop procedures and etiquette, and become familiar with forms of nonfiction. To complete this course successfully: attend class, submit assignments on time and to the stated guidelines, be prepared for class, and fully participate in activities and discussions. 

CRW 355 LITERARY CITIZENSHIP-“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  (Margaret Mead)

This course is for motivated students to enhance their understanding of “the writing life” through individual and collaborative projects.  It is not a course on how to get a job, nor is it a literature course or creative writing workshop, although you will read and write and will likely increase your “marketability” as a writer. Students will work on community activities such as planning a literary event (example: a poetry reading), hosting a “cash mob” for an independent bookstore, and writing book reviews. Emphasis will be placed on initiative, collaboration and professionalism.