Ellen Sprague

Assistant Professor, Writing, Teaching and Learning Excellence Center
MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts (in progress)
MA, Middlebury College
BA, Principia College

Ellen Sprague joined the Principia College faculty in 2007 as a full-time writing instructor after teaching Principia’s pre-fall freshman Writing Seminar since 2001. She continues to teach the Writing Seminar and conducts classes in revising, editing, style, and journaling. She also trains Principia writing and research tutors in Teaching the Writing Process.

She is enrolled in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program, focusing on creative nonfiction with a secondary concentration in translation. At VCFA she also serves as a creative nonfiction submissions and contest reader for the college’s literary journal, Hunger Mountain. She is always looking for ways to use creative writing as a bridge to academic and business writing. Additionally, in accord with her interdisciplinary interests, she is developing an FYE program called “Encoding and Decoding the World,” where her Intro to Creative Nonfiction course will pair with Dr. Tom Fuller’s Intro to Programming course.

Ellen was a writer, editor, and photographer in Principia’s Publications and Marketing departments prior to joining the faculty. Before that, she was a staff writer for the Florida Times-Union newspaper where work included news briefs, book reviews, columns, and travel writing. Her most recent publication is a review of Carl H. Klaus’s The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay, which can be found at NewPages.com in the April 2011 book reviews.

Instructor Sprague is a member of:

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • National Council of Teachers of English