Jayne M. Thompson, MA, MFA, GWS
- Assistant Teaching Professor of English
- Director of Chester Community Writing Center
Programs I Teach
- MFA, Creative Writing (2010)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
- MA, English (1995)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
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.
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.
- 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.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), PEN America, Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association (MAWCA), Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)
- CUPPIE AWARD, Honorable Mention in the feature article and headline categories from CUPRAP (2015)
- Clarence R. Moll Professor of the Year Award (Spring 2009)
In the Media
- English Faculty Present at Coalition of Community Writing in Philadelphia