Kate Kostelnik

Kate Kostelnik

Associate Professor, General Faculty, Academic and Professional Writing Program

228 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Mondays from 3:45-4:45.
Class Schedule: T/Th 11:00-12:15, 12:30-1:45, 3:30-4:45

Creative Writing, Writing Pedagogies, Writing Program


Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
M.F.A. University of Montana, Missoula MT, 2005
B.A. Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2001

Scholarship and Conference Presentations

  • Conference Presentation: “Teaching with Living Documents” with Hannah Loeb, Experiential Commons Scholar Summit: Community-engaged Pedagogy and Practice, UVA, March 24-26, 2022
  • Engaged Teaching Scholar Presentation, “Using Course Reflections to Promote Activism”, UVA Center for Teaching Excellence, October 15, 2021
  • Conference Presentation: “Stories We Didn’t Plan to Tell: How to Design Writing Opportunities for Communities and Classrooms to Create and Share Suppressed Narratives”, with Kate Stephenson and Charlotte Matthews, Conference on Community Writing (via zoom), Coalition for Community Writing, October 21, 2021
  • Conference Presentation: “Writing in Place: Writing Assignments in Engaged Courses that Inspire Wonder, Curiosity, and Creativity” with Kate Stephenson and Joy Justice (former student), UVA Innovations in Pedagogy Summit (via Zoom), May 13, 2021
  • Invited Talk: “Putting Anti-Racist Pedagogies into Practice”, with Andres Jones (Virginia Tech) and Yemi Awoytao (Virginia Tech), UVA’s Writing and Rhetoric department and Virginia Tech’s Rhetoric and Writing (via Zoom), April 16, 2021
  • Faculty Learning Community: “Fostering Community Through Forum Posts”, UVA Center for Teaching Excellence (via Zoom), February 26, 2021
  • Invited Workshop: “’Where I’m From’ and Derrida”, Writers’ Circle, The Haven Shelter, Charlottesville VA (via Zoom), April 7, 2021
  • Conference Presentation, “Challenging Students’ Vocational Mindset to Relearn the Value of Stories”, Great International Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, July 24, 2020
  • Conference Presentation, “Access Through Narrative:  Fortifying Service Learning through Reflexivity“, Annual Conference on Pedagogy, Practice, and Philosophy, University of Florida Writing Program, February 1, 2020
  • UVA Community Writing Symposia (organizer): a forum for students from my course “Tutoring and Writing Across Cultures”, and other service learning courses offered through the department of Writing and Rhetoric, to share their writing projects and community service experiences with grounds and other service learning partners in the Charlottesville Community, December 2, 2018, December 3, 2019, and April 23, 2020
  • Conference presentation:  “Questioning the Purpose(s) of Imaginative Writing and Inviting Students Across the Disciplines to Write Creatively”, Creative Writing Studies Organization”, October 17, 2018
  • Workshop:  “Decisions, Revisions, and Reality; Changing the Way Students Think about Revision”, Richmond Public Schools Professional Development, August 29, 2018.
  • Website: "What Uva Students Saw and Wrote". (editor and contributor) https://writingteacher.wixsite.com/whatuvastudentssaw18, June 14, 2018.
  • Conference presentation: “Curating a Professional Identity for the 21st Century Job Market”, Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, November 12, 2017
  • Learning Technology Incubation Presentation: “Using E-Portfolios” (with Megan Haury, Patricia Sullivan, and Keith Driver), September 24, 2017.
  • Book Chapter:  “Creative Writing in First-Year Writing:  Let’s Remind, or Re-teach, the Value of Fiction” Changing Creative Writing in America, chapter solicited by Graeme Harper, Multilingual Matters Press, September 2017
  • Panel Presentation: “Using Student Writing In Class Meetings” (with Keith Driver and Devin Donovan), University of Virginia Writing Program Workshop, February 13, 2017
  • “Creative Writing in General Writing Classes:  Despite Common Core and Emphasis on STEM Education, Students Want and Need Imaginative Writing”, Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, September 2016
  • “Advice from the Writing Center, University of Virginia Pedagogy Symposium, May 2016
  • “What Our Speech Still Disrupts” (moderator/organizer/presenter) at AWP’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 2016
  • “Deepening Inquiry in ENWR”, University of Virginia Writing Program, March 25, 2016
  • Invited Symposia, NCTE Offsite, “Changing Creative Writing In America” organized by Graeme Harper, November 21, 2015
  • “Creative Writing in First-Year Writing:  Let’s Remind, or Re-teach, the Value of Fiction” Changing Creative Writing in America, chapter solicited by Graeme Harper, to be published by Multilingual Matters Press in Sept. 2016
  • “Writing Center Theory and Practice in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Classroom” Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century, Tom Hunley and Alex Peary, Eds, Southern Illinois UP, June 2015
  • “Evolving Perceptions of Online Education:  Benefits for Teaching Creative Writing Online” Innovation in Technology and Pedagogy Symposium, Lincoln, NE, May 2014
  • “Innovative Frameworks and Tested Lore for Teaching Fiction to Undergraduates in the Twenty-First Century” Pedagogy 14.3, September 2014
  • “Disciplinarity and Lore:  Modeling Compromise and Vital Pedagogies for 21st-Century Classrooms” AWP’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2013
  • “Using Picture Prompts in Creative Writing Classes to Imagine the Lives of Others” Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012
  • “Working in the In-Between: Negotiating Roles In and Beyond the Writing Center” Midwest Writing Center Association’s Regional Conference, Madison, WI, October 2011
  • Review of “Does the Workshop Still Work?” by Dianne Donnelly Fiction Writers Review, November 2010
  • Revisions from Within: the Potential of Ph.D.s in Creative Writing” Creative Writing: Teaching Theory & Practice, 2.1 (2010): 1-32
  • “Defining and Complicating Texts in the Writing Center” Midwest Writing Center Association’s Regional Conference, Rapid City, SD, October 2009

Creative Publications

Short stories
  • "Hunters and Scavengers" New Writing, 14 (2017):  16-22
  • “Sovereign of the Sea” Fifth Wednesday, Fall 2011: 68-79
  • “Bull Shark” The Superstition Review, December 2009
  • “The Dancing School” Hayden’s Ferry Review, 42 (2008): 117-28
  • “Certain Girls” Invisible Insurrection, December 2005
  • “Cameo” 42 Opus, 4.1 (2004)
  • Stories under review: "Waterfront," "Iseltwald,"
Nonfiction Essays
  • “Distractions Aren’t All Bad” Hayden’s Ferry Review Online, August 8, 2008
  • “A Pregnant Fiction Writer” Mom Egg Review, 12 (2014): 4


  • Thrive Grant, UVA Center for Teaching Excellence, November 2019
  • Finalist for the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award, for short story collection The Naughty, University of Georgia Press, September 2012
  • New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, 2007