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Jasna R. Shannon, Ph.D.

Jasna R. Shannon, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Director of the Writer’s Studio

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • B.A., University of Arizona


Revision process in student writing, International dialogue on national identity and academic writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, Basic Writing, English as a Second Language, Comparative Rhetoric, Academic Honesty, Technology and collaboration


  • Seminar in Tutoring and Writing
  • Writing for the Workplace
  • Advanced Composition and Rhetoric


ENG 372: Creative Nonfiction
The emphasis in this advanced composition course will be on creative nonfiction. Students will learn how to translate their personal experience and research into effective pieces of creative nonfiction. We will examine the meaning of the term “creative nonfiction” by reading work across a broad spectrum of content and form, and students will learn how to read these pieces both as scholars and writers. We will also examine the ethical considerations that come into play when writing from “real” life. Students should be prepared to have their work criticized in open discussion by the class, as well as in private session with the instructor.

Writer’s Studio Tutors attended the annual Palmetto State Writing Center Association conference at the University of South Carolina, 2014.

Coker Writer’s Studio tutors conducted workshops at Mayo High School with students, including role playing a tutoring session, to support the Mayo High School Writing Center.


“Expanding the Uses of Writing Centers.” Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition. Eds. Roen, Pantoja, Yena, Miller, Waggoner. NCTE, 2002.


“At the Intersection of Old and New Technologies: Using Commonplace Books to Teach Academic Writing,” European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) conference, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2-4, 2019.

“Laboring through Academic English: How Using Commonplace Books Can Help,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Kansas City, MO, March 2018.

“Teaching Students to See: Using Art to Improve Observation Skills in Writing,“ Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Conference, Nashville, TN, February 2015.

“The Art of Observation: Looking Versus Seeing,” European Writing Center Association (EWCA) Conference, Univ. of Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, July 2014.

“Beyond Cultural Sensitivity: Preserving Cultural Identity in the Writing Center,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Indianapolis, IN, March 2014.

“Promoting Multiple Identities in the Writing Center: Academic Success and Identity Challenges,” The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, June 2013.