Judith Roney

Judith Roney, M.F.A.

Biography

Judith Roney, MFA

Education: 

M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

B.A. English, University of Central Florida

Minor, Cultural Anthropology, University of Central Florida

A.A. Nursing, Anne Arundel College

A.A. Art History, South Suburban State College

Judith Roney’s fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Waiting for Rain won an honorable mention for Two Sylvias Press 2016 chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the 2015 Pioneer Prize. She teaches in all genres of creative writing at the University of Central Florida, with a concentration in poetry, and is a staff poetry reader for The Florida Review

Education

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Central Florida
  • B.A. in English from University of Central Florida
  • A.A. in Nursing from Anne Arundel College
  • A.A. in Art History from South Suburban State College

Research Interests

Emerging forms of poetry, domestic space poetry & prose, poetry of the marginalized and the dead. Re-telling of literature for “twisted structure,” historical and current culturally-fueled dystopian fiction, literary horror rooted in truth, memoir re-interpreted as-surrealism/fabulism, interior-paranoia narratives and manifestos of the fictional and nonfictional unreliable narrator, historical domestic abuse texts, the literary ghost story, the work of Shirley Jackson in correlation to Edward Hopper’s shadow studies, history and scholarship of witchcraft-related texts and folklore in the British Isles & colonial America, and myth-making for the unexplained.

Recent Research Activities

Major Publications:
According to the Gospel of Haunted Women

Poetry: A VIsual-Based Guide to Writing Poetry and Beyond



Selected Publications

Books

  • According to the Gospel of Haunted Women

Awards

First Finalist, November 2019 Sundog Lit Collaborative Poetry Contest (with Constance Camille), "Daydream in a Bookstore About Men in This Life"

Winner, October 2018 Creative Juicing Contest, Sinkhole Magazine, “Man-Child”

Semi-Finalist, 2018 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize, Judge Danez Smith, Bless the Wayward Boy,

Nomination, 2018 The Orison Anthology, “News From the Dead at Dozier School for Boys”

Finalist & Honorable Mention, 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Contest, Judge January Gill O’ Neil, Waiting for Rain

Nominee2016 Florida Book Award Nominee, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women,

Finalist, 2015 Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Contest, Field Guide for a Human

Winner,2015 Pioneer Prize for a poetry collection,According to the Gospel of Haunted Women

Winner, Prism ReviewPrize 2015, “War” and “Where Addiction Begins”

Nomination, 2015 Pushcart Prize, “My Nickname Was Frankenstein.” Nonbinary Review, Editor Lise Quintana, Zoetic Press

Nomination, 2015 Spring AWP Intro Journal Award

Nomination, 2014 Spring AWP Intro Journal Award

Nomination, 2012 Spring AWP Intro Journal Award

Outstanding Poet, 2012, University of Central Florida

President’s Honor Roll, University of Central Florida, 2010-2012

Certificate of Recognition, “Outstanding Achievement” in SOC 121, Section 0001, Anthropology, Anne Arundel Community College, 2009

Psychology Outstanding Student, 2007 Edison State College

Activities

Mentorship to Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Graduate University of Central Florida Poetry Students

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18342 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

Prerequisite(s): English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW3013 and CRW3053, or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

This is an intermediate level fiction writing workshop for English majors: As a class we will work on constructing very short (flash) fiction pieces, one short fiction piece, group analysis, criticism, and write read-like-a-writer responses to a wide variety of contemporary fiction and fiction theory using craft-based language of the writing discipline.

Students are encouraged to take risks in the writing and will write a wide variety of work based on prompts, including dystopian, sci-fi, horror/terror (for the faint of heart, this may be widely interpreted), hybrid/experimental, and other emerging forms.

The aim of this class to understand what elements offer readers an effective and engaging story. We do this by the analysis and practice of fiction writing techniques. There is heavy emphasis on first reading, then writing to practice elements of craft gleaned from literary examples.  

This class will also examine the submission process by submitting work to various literary journals such as Two Sentence Stories, Smokelong Quarterly, and One Hundred Word Story, for example.Note: If a student is uncomfortable submitting work to journals, they are not required to complete that portion of the assignment.

18190 CRW3211 Creative Nonfiction Writing World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

Prerequisite(s): English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053, or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

This is an intermediate level creative nonfiction writing workshop for English majors: As a class we will work on constructing very short (flash) CNF pieces, one short CNF piece, group analysis, criticism, and write read-like-a-writer responses to a wide variety of contemporary CNF and CNF theory using craft-based language of the writing discipline.

Students are encouraged to take risks in the writing and will write a wide variety of work based on prompts, including traditional literary essays, memoir, the braided essay, “list-based” essays, hybrid/experimental approaches, digital storytelling, and other emerging forms.

The aim of this class to understand what elements offer readers an effective and engaging personal story, or narrative rooted in current or historical events. We do this by the analysis and practice of CNF writing techniques. There is heavy emphasis on first reading, then writing to practice elements of craft gleaned from literary examples.  

This class will also examine the submission process by submitting work to various literary journals such as Brevity and The Baltimore Review, for example.Note: If a student is uncomfortable submitting work to journals, they are not required to complete that portion of the assignment.




Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91071 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: English major or minor and grade of “C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102, or C.I. Literary genres; practice and critique of peer writing; critical reading of established authors.

This is an introductory workshop course to introduce general writing techniques for each of the four genres of poetry, fiction, the creative nonfiction essay, and scriptwriting. In addition to reading and writing creative work, as a class we will work through Stephen King's On Writing, and a text King relies on and recommends, The Elements of Style.

The student will learn and incorporate terms of the discipline of creative writing in order to create pieces of writing and respond to published work read each week, for it is only by reading and writing practice that emerging writers gain strength in the art of writing.

90639 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and a grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053, or C.I. Group analysis and criticism; close reading of contemporary poetry and poetic theory.

Poetry is important! Writing and reading poetry improves student's writing in all genres.

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that aspires to banish “fear” of reading and writing poetry many students express, and help the student who already enjoys poetry become a stronger writer. 

Focus is on work poems are capable of through mastering use of extraordinary language to find vivid expressions capable of revealing emotions and events of the human experience in fresh and unique word choices. In addition, we work together to identify and break weak writing habits, creative direct and indirect metaphors as replacements for adjective strings, and practice the art of brevity. 

Students are encouraged to experience poems as art more so than literature. We use prompts to facilitate the creative process, and implement craft elements most often present in “good” poems. We read and discuss work of contemporary poets to study what poets do to write good poems. 

Assignments include: Write original poems, participate in the workshop process, write and share responses to weekly poetry readings, create a Submittable account (free), submit works of poetry to journals, keep a poetry journal, and revise work for a final portfolio as the final exam. In addition we will experiment with spoken word, erasure, collage, and “found” poetry. 

We will use two texts: William Strunk and E.B. White's The Elements of Style and The Father by Sharon Olds. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
60801 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable

PR: English major or minor and grade of “C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102, or C.I. Literary genres; practice and critique of peer writing; critical reading of established authors.

This is an introductory course to general writing techniques for the four genres of poetry, fiction, the creative nonfiction essay, and scriptwriting.

The student will learn and incorporate terms of the discipline of creative writing in order to create pieces of writing and respond to published work in the four genres, for it is only by practice and reading that an emerging writer gains strength in their craft.

61102 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable

Theory & Practice of Creative Writing: PR: English major or minor and a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in ENC 1102, or C.I. 

Web-based course; WWW access, browser, e-mail required.

Examination of the various genres in contemporary literary creative writing, including graphic novels, horror, hybrid work, sci-fi and fantasy, with attention to literary technique and discussion of theory in the writing community. Students are required to read published work (with an emphasis on faculty publications) as prompts for practice of writing in all genres examined, as well as write short essays on writing theory, to which they will be asked to respond through a variety of methods. Students will also submit original, creative work to journals so that they gain practice in the “art of submission."

In this theory & practice class, we will work through four main objectives:

  • Work to prepare the student for success as a creative writing student in the University of Central Florida's Creative Writing BA degree program. 
  • Help students segue into a "reading like a writer" approach, versus "reading like a literature major," as you study the complexities and techniques of creative writing for your future workshop classes.
  • Get students writing, i.e. practice, practice, practice. Please note: this is not a creative writing workshop class, but you will submit creative writing assignments based on prompts, with word limits, and receive feedback from peers as well as brief feedback from your instructor. 
  • Examine what is generally necessary to be a successful, professional writer. Some skills are as simple as following word counts and using correct punctuation. We will discuss in depth many of the craft techniques and practices used by authors. 
60950 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and a grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053, or C.I. Group analysis and criticism; close reading of contemporary poetry and poetic theory.

Writing and reading poetry improves writing in all genres.

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that aspires to banish “fear” of writing poetry many students express. Focus is on work poems are capable of through mastering use of extraordinary language to find vivid expressions capable of revealing emotions and events of the human experience in fresh and unique word choices. In addition, we work together to identify and break weak writing habits, creative direct and indirect metaphors as replacements for adjective strings, and practice the art of brevity. 

Students are encouraged to experience poems as art more so than literature. We use prompts to facilitate the creative process, and implement craft elements most often present in “good” poems. We read and discuss work of contemporary poets to study what poets do to write good poems. 

Assignments include: Write original poems, participate in the workshop process, write and share responses to weekly poetry readings, create a Submittable account (free), submit works of poetry to journals, keep a poetry journal, and revise work for a final portfolio as the final exam.

In addition we will experiment with spoken word, erasure, collage, and “found” poetry. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20777 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: English major or minor and grade of “C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102, or C.I. Literary genres; practice and critique of peer writing; critical reading of established authors.

This is an introductory course to general writing techniques for the four genres of poetry, fiction, the creative nonfiction essay, and scriptwriting.

The student will learn and incorporate terms of the discipline of creative writing in order to create pieces of writing and respond to published work in the four genres, for it is only by practice and reading that an emerging writer gains strength in their craft.

11566 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and a grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053, or C.I. Group analysis and criticism; close reading of contemporary poetry and poetic theory.

Writing and reading poetry improves writing in all genres.

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that aspires to banish “fear” of writing poetry many students express. Focus is on work poems are capable of through mastering use of extraordinary language to find vivid expressions capable of revealing emotions and events of the human experience in fresh and unique word choices. In addition, we work together to identify and break weak writing habits, creative direct and indirect metaphors as replacements for adjective strings, and practice the art of brevity.

Students are encouraged to experience poems as art more so than literature. We use prompts to facilitate the creative process, and implement craft elements most often present in “good” poems. We read and discuss work of contemporary poets to study what poets do to write good poems.

Assignments include: Write original poems, participate in the workshop process, write and share responses to weekly poetry readings, create a Submittable account (free), submit works of poetry to journals, keep a poetry journal, and revise work for a final portfolio as the final exam.

In addition we will experiment with spoken word, erasure, collage, and “found” poetry. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93138 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

Theory & Practice of Creative Writing: PR: English major or minor and a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in ENC 1102, or C.I. 

Web-based course; WWW access, browser, e-mail required.

Examination of the various genres in contemporary literary creative writing, including graphic novels, horror, hybrid work, sci-fi and fantasy, with attention to literary technique and discussion of theory in the writing community. Students are required to read published work (with an emphasis on faculty publications) as prompts for practice of writing in all genres examined, as well as write short essays on writing theory, to which they will be asked to respond through a variety of methods. Students will also submit original, creative work to journals so that they gain practice in the “art of submission."

In this theory & practice class, we will work through four main objectives:

  • Work to prepare the student for success as a creative writing student in the University of Central Florida's Creative Writing BA degree program. 
  • Help students segue into a "reading like a writer" approach, versus "reading like a literature major," as you study the complexities and techniques of creative writing for your future workshop classes.
  • Get students writing, i.e. practice, practice, practice. Please note: this is not a creative writing workshop class, but you will submit creative writing assignments based on prompts, with word limits, and receive feedback from peers as well as brief feedback from your instructor. 
  • Examine what is generally necessary to be a successful, professional writer. Some skills are as simple as following word counts and using correct punctuation. We will discuss in depth many of the craft techniques and practices used by authors. 
81589 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and a grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053, or C.I. Group analysis and criticism; close reading of contemporary poetry and poetic theory.

Writing and reading poetry improves writing in all genres.

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that aspires to banish “fear” of writing poetry many students express. Focus is on work poems are capable of through mastering use of extraordinary language to find vivid expressions capable of revealing emotions and events of the human experience in fresh and unique word choices. In addition, we work together to identify and break weak writing habits, creative direct and indirect metaphors as replacements for adjective strings, and practice the art of brevity.

Students are encouraged to experience poems as art more so than literature. We use prompts to facilitate the creative process, and implement craft elements most often present in “good” poems. We read and discuss work of contemporary poets to study what poets do to write good poems.

Assignments include: Write original poems, participate in the workshop process, write and share responses to weekly poetry readings, create a Submittable account (free), submit works of poetry to journals, keep a poetry journal, and revise work for a final portfolio as the final exam.

In addition we will experiment with spoken word, erasure, collage, and “found” poetry. 

Updated: Nov 18, 2019