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Nicole Mazzarella

Associate Professor of English

On Faculty since 2002
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Nicole Mazzarella is an Associate Professor of English at Wheaton. The question "who speaks?" drives much of Nicole's literary research as she explore the relationships between the author, narrator, character and reader and the role of the Christian artist as speaker. This question has also influenced her pedagogy as she seeks creative ways to empower students to participate in their education. Her fiction explores the influence of place on identity, the role of women, aging, the mysteries of grace, and the nature of forgiveness.

Old Dominion University
M.F.A., Creative Writing

Asbury College
B.A., Journalism

  • Literature of the Western World
  • Screenwriting
  • Writings of Contemplatives
  • Creative Writing
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Travel Writing
  • Literature of the Modern World
  • Associated Writing Programs

Author Interview - Nicole Mazzarella
Novel Rocket - Authors Helping Authors Launch

I don’t know if “typical” exists now that I have an eleven-month old baby. Typical includes reading Goodnight Moon every night to lull my daughter to sleep, stepping on Cheerios every time I walk into the kitchen, and laughing at my daughter’s joke of saying “Da Da” when I ask her who I am. Does my typical day include writing? Most days do. Even if I don’t write every day, I work out aspects of my novel every day. As I’m driving, walking, vacuuming, or standing in line, I’m also imagining conversations between my characters, considering the plot, or trying to figure out the back story of a minor character. I do sit down almost every day for at least a half an hour to get these ideas on paper. This usually happens during my daughter’s naptime or late at night ...
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The Faithful Writer
Reading and panel, Wheaton Scholar Society. Spring 2005

GPS
Reading, Illinois Philogical Association. Spring 2005

Teaching Students to Teach
presented at the International University Teaching, Vaxjo, Sweden

What a Mother Knows
Prince Books' Fall Reading Series, Norfolk, VA, September 2000

  • ENGL 102, Literature of the Western World
  • ENGL 105, Literature of the Modern World
  • ENGL 335, Development of the Short Story
  • ENGW 103, Writing Effective Prose (4 hrs.)
  • ENGW 104, Writing Effective Prose (2 hrs.)
  • ENGW 313, Creative Writing
  • ENGW 444, Special Topics Seminar: The Role of Narrator, Character and Author in Theory and Craft
  • ENGW 444, Varied Topics in Writing: Novella
  • ENGW 444, Varied Topics in Writing: Short Story
  • ENGW 444, Varied Topics in Writing: Travel Writing
  • ENGW 436, Fiction Writing - ENGW 494, Senior Seminar
  • ENGW 495, Independent Studies
    • Advanced Writing and Theory
    • Novel Writing and Interactive Narrative
    • Screenwriting
    • Advanced Story Writing & Theory
    • Advanced Creative Non-Fiction
    • Methods of Teaching Writing
    • Advanced Novella
    • Novel Writing
    • Magical Realism
    • Playwriting
    • Speculative Fiction
  • At other institutions:
    • Web Design
    • Creative Writing
    • Argument & Persuasion

The question "who speaks?" drives much of my literary research as I explore the relationships between the author, narrator, character and reader and the role of the Christian artist as speaker. This question has also influenced my pedagogy as I seek creative ways to empower students to participate in their education.

My fiction explores the influence of place on identity, the role of women, aging, the mysteries of grace, and the nature of forgiveness.

What I Meant to Ask, Antioch Review
Nicole Mazzarella, 2012

Facing the Blank Page

At times the blank page represents promise and at other times paralysis. In this TowerTalk, Nicole Mazzarella delves into habits of thinking that prepare one to face the blank page, whether one is writing a novel or a business proposal.

 

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