Department of English

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)

Programs / Master of Arts in Professional Writing: Meet the Faculty

Melanie Sumner

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
English Building (EB 440), Room 155
Phone: 470-578-6297


Associate Professor of English

Teaching at Kennesaw State since 2008  

Education: MFA Creative Writing, Boston University, 1987, BA Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

Other Affiliations or Positions: Fiction Writer

Specializations: Winner of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant, 2010 Winner of The Whiting Award, 1996

Courses Regularly Taught: PRWR 6100: Readings for Writers, PRWR 7900:  Special Topics,  PRWR 6460: Fiction Writing,  WRIT 3120: Beginning Fiction Writing,  WRIT 4120: Advanced Fiction Writing, ENGL 2110: World Literature

Most Recent or Most Important Publications: How to Write a Novel, a novel;  The Ghost of Milagro Creek, a novel;  The School of Beauty and Charm, a novel; Polite Society, a collection of short stories, and stories and essays published in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Atlanta Magazine.

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