TEACHING

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Natassja Schiel

 

Background

Natassja is a nonfiction writer and MFA candidate of the Creative Writing & Performing Arts Program at the University of California, Riverside (Graduating June 2018). She has taught creative nonfiction writing and composition at the college level and has volunteered for other educationally based programs at the community level.


Education

2015-Present                   University of California, Riverside            Riverside, CA

Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts  
Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow
Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Non-Fiction
Thesis — “Tumon Strip” Committee members:

Professor Emily Rapp Black (Chair), Professor Laila Lalami, and Professor Susan Straight

2011-2014           The New School                                     New York, NY

Riggio Honors Fellow
Honors Graduate
Bachelor of Arts, English/Psychology

Teaching

Spring 2018        University of California, Riverside             Riverside, CA

English 001C: Applied Intermediate Composition — The third class in the English Composition A, B, C series. This course addresses the function of writing in a range of contemporary situations, including that of the academy, from a critical and theoretical perspective. 

Winter 2018       University of California, Riverside             Riverside, CA

English 001B: Intermediate Composition —  The second class in the English Composition A, B, C series. This course transitions from personal to public writing in a multicultural context. The focus is on argumentative and persuasive writing.

Fall 2017            University of California, Riverside             Riverside, CA

English 001A: Beginning Composition — The first class in the English Composition A, B, C series. An introductory class that introduces students to the strategies of personal writing in a multicultural context. 

Spring 2017 & Fall 2016    University of California, Riverside   Riverside, CA

Creative Writing 57C: Intro to Creative Nonfiction — An introductory class exploring the basics of writing creative nonfiction through reading contemporary works of nonfiction by diverse writers, discussion of craft elements, student-led peer workshop, and revision exercises.

Winter 2017        University of California, Riverside                  Riverside, CA

Intro to Creative Writing 56 – An introduction to the craft of creative writing. Focuses on the elements of a number of genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, drama, and the graphic novel.

Fellowships & Residencies

2018                   MFA Graduate Fellowship                            UC Riverside

2017                   McQuern Graduate Award for Nonfiction     UC Riverside
2017                   Tin House Winter Workshop                           Tin House
2017                   Squaw Valley Writers Workshop                   Squaw Valley

2015                   Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow                UC Riverside
2013                   Riggio Honors Fellow                              The New School

                                                                                                  
Publications & Work

“Finding My Father.” Short Memoir, print only. Opossum Literary Magazine. November 10, 2017.

My Body Is My Own.” Essay. The Millions. March 23, 2017.

“‘There Are No Rules for Coloring’: Chris Offutt on His Father.” Book Review. Los Angeles Review of Books. May 23, 2016.

A Conversation with Carolina De Robertis on Immigration, Sexuality, and the True Origins of the Tango.” Interview. Los Angeles Review Books. April 20, 2016.

 “Commodification, Objectification, and the Corporatization of Exotic Dance.” Review Essay. Los Angeles Review of Books. April 14, 2016.

Riggio Forum: Marco Roth.” Event Profile. The American Vanguard Press. 2013.

Riggio Forum: Sean Howe.” Event Profile. The American Vanguard Press. 2013.

Poetry Profile: Mourning Poem by Robert Hayden.” Event Profile. The American Vanguard Press. 2013.

“A Girl Less Good.” Short Memoir, print only. 12th Street. Spring 2012.

“Tiny.” Poem, print only. 12th Street. Spring 2012.

Readings

“OPOSSUM in your Backyard.” Portland Lit Crawl. Portland, OR. November 2017.

“MFA Welcome Reading.” University of California, Riverside.  Riverside, CA. October 2017.

“The University of California, Riverside 2nd Year Reading.” The Culver Center of the Arts. Riverside, CA. May 2017.

“The New School Riggio Honors Reading.” New York, NY. May 2013.

Experience
2016 - Present     Graduate Student Instructor                       UC Riverside
2015 - 2017         Nonfiction Editor                         Santa Ana River Review