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Jill Christman

Associate Professor

RB 295  Phone: 765-285-8415  Fax: 765-285-3765

Department of English
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Jill Christman, Associate Professor & Assistant Chair of Programs

I specialize in creative nonfiction writing (memoir and personal essays) and teach a range of undergraduate and graduate creative writing classes here at Ball State. My memoir, Darkroom: A Family Exposure, won the AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2002. Recent essays appearing in River Teeth and Harpur Palate have been honored by Pushcart nominations and my writing has been published in Barrelhouse, Brevity, Descant, Literary Mama, Mississippi Review, Wondertime, and many other journals, magazines, and anthologies.

In addition to my work in the Creative Writing program at Ball State and my current service as the Assistant Chair of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in the Department of English, I teach creative nonfiction in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program.

Areas of Specialization

Creative Nonfiction (memoir, personal essays, literary journalism) and Creative Writing Pedagogy (including online instruction)


Creative Nonfiction Writing, Reading & Writing Across the Genres, Teaching English Studies (Creative Writing)

Undergraduate: Creative Nonfiction Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Special Topics in Creative Writing (Inspirations & The Uses of History in Creative Writing)

Jill Christman's curriculum vitae