Creative Nonfiction

Our faculty brings diverse styles of writing together through workshops and lectures, and students are exposed to many different voices. Students may choose their mentors, and the program focuses on an individualized curriculum and instruction. To help our students with the publishing process, we invite editors, agents, and other publishing professionals to the residencies. Most of our students publish in literary magazines while still enrolled in the program, and many of our alumni have published books.

Students work closely with their mentors, who are not only award-winning, acclaimed writers, but also skilled and devoted teachers.

Students also have the opportunity to work with Minna Proctor, the Editor of The Literary Review, and they learn first-hand about publishing from an editorial perspective.

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René Steinke, Director

Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University


Creative Nonfiction Faculty

Minna Proctor

Minna Proctor is the Editor of The Literary Review and a translator and essayist. She has been working in publishing since 1995 and was the editor of Colors and the managing editor of Bomb. Her most recent book, Landslide, a collection of personal essays, is forthcoming on Catapult Press. Her book on the idea of religious calling in America, Do You Hear What I Hear?: Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father was published in 2004. Her essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as ApertureBookforumThe LA Times Book ReviewGuilt and PleasureThe NationAmerican Scholar, and The New York Times Book Review. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Bogliasco in Italy. Proctor’s translation of Love in Vain, Selected Stories of Federigo Tozzi won the PEN Poggioli Prize in 1998. Her other translations include Bruno Arpaia’s novel, The Angel of History. Minna Proctor teaches Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Literary Translation in the MFA program.

Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, selected as one of 2013’s best books by Library Journal and National Public Radio, and Becoming a Sommelier, named one of 2019’s best  books about wine in The New York Times. She was a columnist for The New York Times Magazine from 2011 to 2017, and has also written for the Times’ book review, food, opinion, sports, and travel sections, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, Saveur, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications. She is a contributor to the radio show This American Life, and her personal essays have appeared in anthologies including Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, and the revised edition of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. A new book, The Slow Road North: How I Found Peace in an Improbable Country, will be out in 2022.


Rebecca Chace




Rebecca Chace is the award-winning author of four books, Leaving Rock HarborCapture the FlagChautauqua Summer; June Sparrow and The Million Dollar Penny. She has written for the New York Times, the Huffington PostThe LA Review of Books, Guernica, Lit Hub, and other publications. Plays: Colette; The Awakening (adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin). She adapted her novel, Capture the Flag, for screen and television with director Lisanne Skyler (Best Screenplay Short Film, 2010 Nantucket Film Festival). She has been awarded numerous artist residencies and fellowships including Civitella Ranieri, MacDowell, Yaddo, Dora Maar House, and others. She is an associate professor in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rebecca teaches Creative Nonfiction and Fiction in the MFA program.