University of Iowa

Ned Stuckey-French

Ned Stuckey-French teaches at Florida State University and is the author of The American Essay in the American Century, co-editor of Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time, co-author of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, and book review editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in magazines such as In These Times, The Normal School, Tri-Quarterly, culturefront, Guernica, The Missouri Review, and middlebrow; and have been listed six times among the notable essays of the year in Best American Essays.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 08 to July 13 2018

A first draft is a wonderful thing, but it only begins the process, for writing is mostly revising. Proofreading, copy-editing, and polishing are necessary, but they are not revision. Revision is re-envisioning. It’s about getting out of your computer and working with a hardcopy. It’s about digging deeper to find out what your essay is really about, and then what else it’s about.

Weeklong July 15 to July 20 2018

I love the personal essay and want to help you write one. Or at least begin to write one. This workshop is about generating new material. In a week of exercises that will help us tap our memories, find our form, and begin to revise, we will write a draft of an essay, and find the material and techniques that will help us write many more. I’ll lecture some about various kinds of essays, you’ll write and read a bit each night, and we’ll workshop our drafts.