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Scott Nadelson

Professor of English; Hallie Ford Chair in Writing

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Eaton 205
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

Selected Publications


Trust Me (Novel; 2024)

While It Lasts (Stories; 2023)

One of Us (Stories; 2020)

The Fourth Corner of the World (Stories; 2018)

Between You and Me (Novel; 2015)

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress (Memoir; 2013)

Aftermath (Stories; 2011)

The Cantor’s Daughter (Stories; 2006)

Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories (2004)


“All the Way In,” STORY, 2024

“While It Lasts,” Five Points, 2022

“A Theory of Harmony,” LitMag, 2021

“Going to Ground,” Notre Dame Review, 2018

“Perfect Together,” Chautauqua, 2018

"The Fourth Corner of the World," North Dakota Quarterly, 2016

"Son of a Star, Son of a Liar," AGNI, 2015

“The Measure of a Man,” Harvard Review, 2014

“Girl Made of Metal,” Passages North, 2014

“Some Macher,” Arts & Letters, 2014

“Between You and Me,” Fifth Wednesday Journal, 2013

“The Old Uniform,” American Literary Review, 2011

“Dolph Schayes’s Broken Arm,” Ploughshares, 2010

“If You Needed Me,” Alaska Quarterly Review, 2009

“Aftermath,” Glimmer Train, 2009


“Awaiting Your Response: Writing (Into and Against) Silence,” The Writer’s Chronicle, 2022

“Miraculous Mundane,New England Review, 2019

"Double Vision: The Clarity of Narrative Distortion," The Writer's Chronicle, 2016

“A Warm Breath,” Ploughshares Solos, 2013

“The Nothing That Is,” Prairie Schooner, 2012

“I’m Your Man,” Iron Horse Literary Review, 2012

“Three Muses,” The Southern Review, 2011

“The Odessa Writing Course,” New England Review, 2011

“Pal Man,” Crazyhorse, 2011

“The Next Scott Nadelson,” Post Road, 2010

“What About the Suffering?: The Quiet Power of Minor Characters,” The Writer’s Chronicle, 2010

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is as much a passion for me as writing, and I strongly believe that the teaching of creative writing, particularly on the undergraduate level and in a liberal arts context, complements studies in literature. My primary aim in creative writing courses is to teach students to read closely, from a writer's perspective; I do so by providing a framework of rigorous analytical exploration of narrative and regular practice of craft. Students in my classes learn to read with an eye toward understanding how a writer has put a work of fiction together, how characters are developed and plots structured, how a certain combination of words and sentences creates an emotional or intellectual response in a reader. At the same time, I encourage students to engage their imaginations, to experiment, to discover their natural voices and their unique perspectives on the world. 

In practical terms, I design my courses to immerse students in the world of fiction writing and to foster a sense of community. Classroom time is taken up almost entirely with discussion of professional or student stories, both of which we examine first to discover the work's intention. In workshops I challenge students to put aside taste and preference and instead begin by working to understand what an author has tried to accomplish in a story, how she has used the elements of craft to do so, and where, if at all, she has fallen short of her goals. As a class, we put ourselves in the shoes of a writer, in order to gain a better understanding of both her work and our own.


Recent Interviews

Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously: An Interview with Scott Nadelson


A memoir of self-understanding

Review: ‘The Next Scott Nadelson’

Willamette University


Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.