Donna Steiner

Associate Professor


330 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2017
Wednesday & 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

Fall 2017 Courses

CRW 208/8CF MWF 1:50-2:45 217 Mahar Hall
CRW 208/800 MWF 12:40-1:35 217 Mahar Hall
CRW 355/800 M 4:35-7:20 322 Marano CC

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 355-This course is designed for motivated students to pursue ways of enhancing their understanding of the writing life through individual and collaborative projects.  It is not a course on how to get a job, and is neither a literature course nor a creative writing workshop, although you will read and write extensively and will likely increase your “marketability” as a writer. Students will work on community activities such as planning a reading, hosting a “cash mob” for an independent bookstore, designing digital materials to support a local business, and writing high-quality book reviews. Emphasis will be placed on initiative, collaboration and professionalism.  If you care about making the world a better place for readers and writers, Literary Citizenship is for you.   PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED