Dr. Joni Tevis is a creative writer with research interests in the essay, environmental writing, and atomic literature. She double-majored in English and history at Florida State University and then earned the M.F.A. and Ph.D. in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. As a post-M.F.A. fellow at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she wrote her first book of nonfiction, The Wet Collection, which was published by Milkweed Editions. She came to Furman in 2008 after serving as the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is an affiliate faculty member with the Shi Center for Sustainability.

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Writing Nonfiction

This course will develop students? proficiency in the craft of nonfiction. Students will do writing exercises, discuss published work, explore prose techniques, and critique their classmates? work.


Immersion Journalism

Study of a fascinating branch of nonfiction writing. Texts may include works by Tom Wolfe, Barbara Ehrenreich, Edward Abbey, Karsten Heur and Susan Orlean. Students will read as writers, scour the texts for craft and style tactics and critique class members' essays.


Studies in the Essay

The essay as a genre, beginning with work from early practitioners such as Montaigne, Hazlitt, Lamb, and Shonagon, and tracing its development to the dynamic form we see in contemporary work. Students will read both American and international writers and discuss works on the basis of both thematic and formal qualities.

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