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Jennifer Patton

Jennifer Patton

Jennifer Patton

Senior Lecturer


503 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Creative writing (nonfiction)
  • Professional writing


  • MFA, Ohio State University, 2012
  • BA, Tulane University, 1993

Jenny Patton incorporates creative writing and narrative theory practices into her composition and professional writing classes. Having worked as a reporter, copywriter, technical writer and editor, she coaches Minor in Professional Writing students to build work-world-ready portfolios. In her Career Preparation for Humanities Majors course, she applies a holistic approach to support students. In addition to identifying internship opportunities and learning job-preparation and interviewing skills, the students explore who they are, what they want and what their lives might look like. Incorporating her background as a Mayo Clinic-certified wellness coach and yoga-writing workshop instructor, Jenny implements journal prompts to promote wellness in the classroom.

She has received the Award for Outstanding Faculty Program for Enhancing Student Wellness, the English Undergraduate Organization (EUGO) Associated Faculty Member of the Year Award and the President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer.

Her stories and essays have been published in Brevity, River Teeth online, Kaleidoscope, Natural Awakenings, Prism Review, 751 Magazine and Ohio Writer, for which her entry earned first place in the Best of Ohio Writers Contest sponsored by Poets’ and Writers’ League. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her essay “A Different Direction” was cited as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. Additionally, she was a Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellow at Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and a scholarship winner at New York Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College.

Selected Publication

  • Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays 2016 for “A Different Direction,” Jonathan Franzen (ed.) New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2016.

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