Donna Steiner

Associate Professor


330 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 - 12:00 & 5:30 - 6:30
or by appointment

2019 Spring Schedule

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.


Classes taught


CRW 208/810 TR 12:45-2:05 231 Marano CC
CRW 208/830 TR 2:20-3:40 231 Marano CC
CRW 408/800 TR 3:55-5:15 231 Marano CC

CRW 208 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING: INTERMEDIATE-This is a beginning workshop in creative nonfiction – the art of telling true stories. No experience is necessary; you need only love stories and believe that “real life” – yours and others’ – is a rich source for writing material. We will read and discuss samples of the form by established writers, practice craft through short exercises, produce essays for workshop, and offer feedback on each other’s work.Our goals are to hone writing skills, develop a critical vocabulary, learn workshop procedures and etiquette, and become familiar with forms of nonfiction. 

CRW 408 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING: ADVANCED-This is an advanced workshop in creative nonfiction.  The focus will be on creativity and professionalism.  Students will read and discuss samples of the form by established writers, practice craft through short exercises, write their own essay for workshop, and offer criticism of each other’s essays.  We will consider issues currently or recently in the news, and discuss what it means to be a writer/artist in contemporary culture.  Students will create a capstone project (blog, podcast, digital essay, photo essay, graphic memoir, etc.).  A brief presentation on nonfiction authors and personal aesthetics will be part of the class. CRW 308 is a prerequisite.