Public Engagement

  • Faculty


    Madge McKeithen began teaching nonfiction writing at The New School in 2006, shortly after completing her MFA in the low-residency program at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, and publishing her first book (Blue Peninsula, 2006. Farrar, Straus and Giroux).  She has taught courses on the poetic and comic in essays and on memoir, as well as a broader survey of the nonfiction forms and techniques in workshop during the Summer Writers Colony. As an undergrad, she studied international politics at William and Mary and as a grad student at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and worked in government, international and educational institutions before coming to The New School. The courses she will teach in 2017-18 will continue to connect subjects that matter deeply to writers as individuals, forms and ways to write powerfully, and wider human concerns in Writing Essays: Truth and Culture, and Writing Essays in A Changing World. The particularly powerful and popular form of Micro Essays (aka Flash Nonfiction) is the focus of a short intensive course in November 2017. Madge’s writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Utne Reader, TriQuarterly, Lost and Found: Stories from New York, Best American Essays 2011, and in other journals, newspapers, and anthologies.


    Current Courses:

    Honors Nonfiction Workshop

    Micro Essay

    Micro Essay (Open Campus)

    Riggio Honors Program: Thesis

    Riggio Honors Program: Thesis (Spring 2019)

    Riggio Thesis Colloquium (Spring 2019)

    Writing Real People (Spring 2020)