I created Quotidiana largely as a teaching aid, a substitute for photocopied coursepacks, a variable grab-bag of essays that could function better for a variety of classes than a printed anthology could, if such a thing were still in print (as far as I can tell, anthologies of classical essays went out of fashion about a century ago). One of the classes served by this website is English 317R: Writing Creative Nonfiction, a workshop course.
So it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I present here the publishing successes of my students. Most, but not all, of the essays were written initially in my workshops. [I hope to keep this page up to date and complete; if you know of any publications that I am missing, please .]
This won a Discovered Voices Award in 2008.
This exactly 400-word essay is in the "work" issue.
Don't you love how essay titles tell you just what they're about? I do.
This essay won first place in the contest that drove the publication of this book. I'm especially fond of it because amidst a number of edgy essays about sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, Joey's is a simple narrative of working to support his young family while his wife finishes school. Go, Joey!
Reflections on bread.
This essay was one of only three winners of the AWP Intro Journals Award in 2007. It's a digressive, discoursive consideration of trembling in its many forms.
In response to the challenge that the phonebook is not "creative" but it's nonfiction, Cassie produced this gem, slated for the "TransGenre" issue.
A meditation on original sin and avocados.
An essay about Ryan's father-in-law, first written in our workshop.
Noticing how many essayists spin gold from nothing extraordinary, Scott challenged himself to write about nothing.
Another selection from Amy's re/visionist history project.
A long selection from Amy's re/visionist history project.
This essay won a Discovered Voices Award in 2007.
This is a section from Amy's longer re/visionist history project.
Reflections driven by a visit to the Body Worlds exhibit and research on anatomy and grave robbing.