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Mary Collins, M.A.
Associate
Professor of Creative Nonfiction
 

Contact InformationSpring 2014 Office Hours
Department of English
Diloreto 208-20
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT  06050-4010
Office Phone: 860-832-2770
Email Address: collinsma@ccsu.edu
Web site:  http://www.marycollinswriter.net

M/W 2:00 to 4:00; TR 2:00 to 3:30


So what is “Creative Nonfiction” and how do you practice that genre in and out of the classroom? A short but accurate definition: True stories well told. Have you ever read a personal essay or memoir that really moved you? That’s Creative Nonfiction. Have you ever read a humorous essay, a thoughtful piece of travel writing, a feature or profile about some compelling person? That’s Creative Nonfiction. The work is often timeless, full of reflection and good storytelling, and, most importantly, true.

 

I worked for 20 years in Washington, D.C. where I wrote for National Geographic, the Smithsonian, The Washington Post and many other organizations and publications. I have published many award-winning personal essays and several books, including most recently, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, which won the Grand Prize in Nonfiction at the Indie Book Awards. I am currently working on several mixed media projects and a new book. I have also taught for 20 years, including 12 years at Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing Program. I won the CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and currently serve as Director of the CCSU Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

 

Education
  • M.A. University of Virginia, 1986.

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