David Ebenbach

Professor of the practice


David Ebenbach is the author of seven books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including, most recently, the novel Miss Portland. His work has been awarded such prizes as the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Juniper Prize, and the Patricia Bibby Award, and he has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Ebenbach has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  

Learn more about Professor Ebenbach's writing at www.davidebenbach.com.

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Selected Publications


JCIV 091 Fiction Writing Workshop: What Is a Story

In this class, you’ll answer the question “What Is a Story?” To do that, you’ll immerse yourselves in the art and discipline of story writing. Partly this means acquiring a writer’s critical eye for fiction, so you’ll study the basic elements of successful fiction (character, plot, description, etc.) and use these tools to read and analyze stories. Specifically, we’ll be considering the example of Jewish fiction, surveying the short story tradition in Jewish literature. Because the writer above all learns through doing, you’ll write a great deal of your own fiction (which does not need to be Jewish, of course)—regular exercises as well as more fully developed and revised work. Much of this development will happen as a result of the workshop process, where you’ll give one another extensive feedback on work submitted to the class as a whole.

JCIV 090 Wording Your Identity: The Case of Jewish Literature

In this course, we will explore the way a people shapes its identity through the written word, and you’ll also begin the experiment of writing your own. The class will focus on Jewish literature—from Biblical and Medieval texts to stories and poems from our time—as a rich example of a people using literature to preserve and challenge their cultural and religious identity through different historical circumstances. This will also serve as a jumping-off point for your own identity explorations through thought and writing, both creative and analytical. PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be Jewish to take this course; all are welcome.