Teaching & Learning Materials

Here you’ll find some links to unofficial guides I’ve drawn up for my students as well as how-to guides or pieces on (creative) writing pedagogy that I’ve written for Assay.

I created many of these materials for my creative students at the University of Missouri, where I taught until 2022. I’m keeping them up here to serve as models for any colleagues searching for help in creating similar guidelines. Please feel free to borrow any wisdom you find. Of course, I’d love it if you attributed any adoptions you make!


Webinar on Writing a First Nonfiction Book:

I gave this talk as part of the Mizzou Alumni Webinar Series (hello, pandemic adjustments…). In it, I discussed the practicalities of writing from life experience: how to start, what it means to embark on a book-length project, and how to take the first steps toward publication. It may be of use to those of you teaching classes in nonfiction or publishing. (Nov. 4, 2020)


For Grad Students:

Julija’s Unofficial Guidelines to Comprehensive Exam Lists and Essays 

What to Expect at an MA or PhD Defense


Teaching/Trying On Professional Forms:

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Review Essay

On Grant Writing and Grant Hunting

Research Statements for Creative Writers


For Teachers of CNF:

Workshop Dos and Don’ts

Women Writing Lives: Pedagogy in the Archives 

Useful Texts for Teachers of CNF


CNF Reading Lists:

Silas Hansen’s Fantastic CNF Reading List

Steven Church’s List of CNF Works By Writers of Colour


[Photo: Stefan Munder]

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