Master of Arts in Professional Writing at Kennesaw State University


Melanie Sumner

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office: English Building (EB 27), Room 155
Phone: 470-578-6297
Fax: 470-578-9057


Associate Professor of English

Teaching at Kennesaw State since 2008  

Education: MFA Creative Writing, Boston University, 1987, BA Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

Other Affiliations or Positions: Fiction Writer

Specializations: Winner of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant, 2010 Winner of The Whiting Award, 1996

Courses Regularly Taught: PRWR 6100: Readings for Writers, PRWR 7900:  Special Topics,  PRWR 6460: Fiction Writing,  WRIT 3120: Beginning Fiction Writing,  WRIT 4120: Advanced Fiction Writing, ENGL 2110: World Literature

Most Recent or Most Important Publications: How to Write a Novel, a novel;  The Ghost of Milagro Creek, a novel;  The School of Beauty and Charm, a novel; Polite Society, a collection of short stories, and stories and essays published in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Atlanta Magazine.

Personal Website Address (if applicable)


Program Members

Brennen, Terri
Figueiredo, Sergio
Giddens, Elizabeth
Grooms, Tony
Guglielmo, Letizia
Harper, M. Todd
Johnson, David
Levy, Aaron
McGrath, Laura
Niemann, Linda
Odom, Mary Lou
Palmer, Chris
Smith-Sitton, Lara
Sumner, Melanie
Wilson, Ralph