Sherril Jaffe

Professor, Creative Writing (Fiction)

Office: Nichols Hall
Phone: (707) 664-2xxx

What I do at SSU

I am the fiction-writing specialist in the English department. Also a working writer, I teach half-time these days, but all my courses are in my specialty: either fiction writing workshops in short-story and/or novel writing or Directed Writing, one-on-one mentoring in the craft of fiction. I work with students at every level, from introductory to advanced as well as graduate, and I oversee the development of the novels or collections of stories offered as creative theses in completion of the M.A. degree in English.


My B.A. is in English, from U.C. Berkeley. I also have an M.A. in English from San Francisco State, as well as an MFA in Writing from Bennington. I was hired as the fiction specialist in the English Department in 1998. Before that, I taught as an adjunct at Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension and, for seven years, at the New School for Social Research in New York City. I am the author of ten books, including Scars Make Your Body More Interesting, This Flower Only Blooms Every Hundred Years, The Unexamined Wife, The Faces Reappear, House Tours, Interior Designs, Ground Rules, One God Clapping, Expiration Date, and You Are Not Alone and Other Stories, winner of the 2011 Spokane Award for the Short Story. My stories have appeared in a variety of journals, including Epoch, Alaska Quarterly Review, and American Fiction. I am the recipient of the 2000 Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence, a PEN Award, as well as a 2010 MacDowell Fellowship.

Publications and Achievements

My tenth book, You Are Not Alone and Other Stories (2012), was the winner of the Spokane Award for the Short Story, 2011. My ninth book was a novel, Expiration Date (2011). In 2010 I was the recipient of a MacDowell fellowship. My eighth book, One God Clapping, co-authored with Alan Lew, received the 2000 Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, a PEN award.