Jayne M. Thompson MA, MFA, GWS
Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing
I earned my undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in literature from West Chester
University. I continued at WCU and earned my master's in English. Later I completed
my MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I teach as a volunteer
at S.C.I. Graterford. The men in my class and I published an anthology of their writings
with the help of Presidential Service Corps member, Emily DeFreitas '15, entitled Letters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I.
Graterford and a Writing Workbook, which was featured on National Public Radio's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.
The interview is archived on the Radio Times website, where listeners can hear the Graterford men read from their own work. I am also the director of the Chester Community Writing Center, and I encourage all to join me in spreading a love of reading to Widener, the entire Chester community, and beyond. I believe that reading and writing create avenues to freedom.
MFA Creative Writing 2010
Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
MA English 1995
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
CRWR 379 Writing Socially Engaged Fiction
CRWR 379 Historical Fiction
ENGL 115 Literature and Critical Writing—Literary Genres
My research interests include fiction writing and narrative theory. In addition, I hear the cases of juvenile offenders in Chester, and I taught one class a day at Chester High School for the school year. I am concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile sentencing practices, and mass incarceration.
CUPPIE AWARD 2015 Honorable Mention in the feature article and headline categories from CUPRAP
Clarence R. Moll Professor of the Year Award, Spring 2009
Thompson, Jayne, and Emily DeFreitas, eds. Letters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writing by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Workbook. Florham Park: Serving House Books, LLC, 2014. Print.
Thompson, Jayne. "Writing Wrongs, Mentoring Youths, Redeeming Souls." Widener Magazine Fall 2014: 22–25. Print.
Thompson, Jayne. "Barefoot in the Graveyard." Turk's Head Review. Summer 2011. Web.
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), PEN America, Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association (MAWCA), Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)