Faculty Profile

Susan Perabo

Professor of Creative Writing; Writer-in-Residence (1996)

Contact Information


East College Room 308


Susan Perabo's primary teaching focus is fiction writing, though she teaches poetry, non-fiction, and contemporary literature as well. She's the author of four books of fiction -- two novels and two collections of short stories -- and has published fiction and non fiction in numerous publications, including The New York Times, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work has been featured on podcasts like Modern Love and Selected Shorts. She likes to write on screens and read on paper. She thought she was going to be a writer who also teaches, but turned out to be a teacher who also writes, as explained here: https://www.chronicle.com/article/if-it-werent-for-this-pesky-teaching-job/


  • B.A., Webster University, 1989
  • M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1994.


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2001-2002

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

CRWR 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
Permission of instructor required.

CRWR 219 Creative Non-Fiction
May include memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, biography, novel writing, graphic novel, playwriting, “genre” fiction (e.g., detective, sci-fi), subgenres of poetry (e.g., visual poetry), subgenres of fiction (e.g., Magical Realism), and other forms of non-analytical writing not routinely offered. Prerequisite: CRWR 218 or any film course when topic is Screenwriting; otherwise none.

CRWR 317 Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing and discussion of fiction. Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2024

CRWR 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

CRWR 317 Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing and discussion of fiction. Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

CRWR 500 Independent Study