Donna Steiner

Associate Professor


330 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Wednesday & Wednesday 11:00-12:00
Friday 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.


Classes taught


CRW 208/8CF MWF 1:50-2:45 225 Marano CC
CRW 208/800 MWF 12:40-1:35 225 Marano CC
CRW 308/800 MW 4:40-6:05 194 Shineman

CRW 208-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 308-This is an intermediate workshop in creative nonfiction and builds on the skills of CRW 208.  Students will read and discuss samples by established writers, practice craft through short exercises, write their own essays for workshop, and offer constructive critique on each other’s essays.  We will discuss matters unique to nonfiction, such as the flexibility of “truth,” the (un)reliability of memory, and the ethics of telling stories that may be sensitive to others.  Our goals are to hone writing skills, expand critical vocabulary, be introduced to additional forms of nonfiction not covered previously, integrate various forms of “research,” and consider important writing issues. To complete this course successfully you must attend class, complete assignments on time and to the stated guidelines, and fully engage in class activities and discussions.

CRW 208 is a prerequisite.