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Jess Fenn

Lecturer of English and Creative Writing
Welles 218C
Portrait of Jess Fenn

Jess Fenn received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and became a member of the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 2014. She teaches courses in English literature as well as creative writing. She frequently teaches Foundations of Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop, Medieval Literature, and Literary Theory. She publishes fiction and experimental memoir. Her work can be found here

In addition, Fenn works with the Geneseo Study Abroad office to create opportunities for students returning from travel to reflect on their experiences through writing.


  • CMRD 101: ComRdg:

    This course requires students to read and analyze a book selected as the year’s “common reading.” Course assignments connect with other curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities and require weekly brief responses or applications of the reading.

  • ENGL 102: Creative Wrtg: Sudden Prose

    The general subtitles offered under the heading “The Elements of Creative Writing” will share the common aim of developing an understanding of the cultural and craft decisions involved in producing creative writing within a particular genre, form, or style of writing, such as the prose poem, the lyric essay, the short-story. This writing-intensive course will ask students to examine models of written creative expression, learn to understand key techniques and aesthetics, and to produce and critique their own and others pieces. As students create new artworks, they will consider the ideological, cultural, and political contexts of creative work.

  • ENGL 202: Rdng As Writer:Travel Writing

    A creative writing class designed to give students opportunities to practice and refine their writing skills in one or two genres. Students may take twice for credit under different subtitles. Topics may include point-of-view and perspective in short fiction, creating characters, the persona poem. There is an emphasis on close reading, critical thinking and revision. Frequent writing required.

  • INTD 105: WS: Lit of the Fantastic

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.