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Jane Alison

Professor
Director
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Creative Writing Program
Office location and address
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
M.F.A. Columbia University, 1993
B.A. Princeton University (magna cum laude), 1983
ENCW 3610: Intermediate Fiction Writing
Credits: 3
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2600. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4350: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Credits: 3
For advanced students with experience in writing literary nonfiction. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENLP 4550: Topics in Literary Prose
Credits: 3
One of two required readings courses for students admitted to the Area Program in Literary Prose, also open to other qualified students. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENLP 4720: Area Program in Literary Prose Thesis Course
Credits: 3
Directed writing project for students in the English Department's Undergraduate Area Program in Literary Prose, leading to completion of an extended piece of creative prose writing.
ENCW 4810: Advanced Fiction Writing I
Credits: 3
Devoted to the writing of prose fiction, especially the short story. Student work is discussed in class and individual conferences. Parallel reading in the work of modern novelists and short story writers is required. For advanced students with prior experience in writing fiction. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4993: Independent Project in Creative Writing
Credits: 3
For the student who wants to work on a creative writing project under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENSP 5559: New Course in Special Topics In Literature
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Special Topics In Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 7610: MFA Fiction Workshop
Credits: 3
A course devoted to the writing of prose fiction, especially the short story. Student work is discussed in class and in individual conferences. Parallel reading in the work of modern novelists and short story writers is required. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Limited enrollment.
ENGL 8598: Form and Theory of Fiction
Credits: 3
This course provides a practitioner's perspective on a selection of works of fiction.
ENCW 8993: Independent Writing Project
Credits: 3
Intended for graduate students who wish to do work on a creative writing project other than the thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ENCW 8999: MFA Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Non-topical research hours taken as part of the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
  • Center for the Humanities Fellow, University of Miami (2012-2013)
  • UM Provost Research Award for Summer (2012)
  • UM Max Orovitz Summer Research Awards (summer 2008, 2010)
  • People Magazine Editor’s Pick (March 2009)
  • Nomination for International Kiriyama Pacific Rim Literary Prize (2006)
  • Nomination for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2005)
  • New York Times Notable Book (2003)
  • Residency at Lavigny International Writers Colony, Switzerland (2002)