Madeleine Mori

Assistant Director of the MFA in Writing Program

Madeleine Mori is a Japanese American writer and editor, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a BS in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MFA from NYU, where she served as a Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review. Her work has appeared in jubilatDIAGRAM, the American Poetry ReviewThe Yale ReviewThe CommonThe Margins, and elsewhere, and has received support from the Community of Writers, NYU’s Provost, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where she was a 2021 Margins Fellow and guest-edited a special folio on Wine.

Graduate Courses 2023-2024

MFA Writing

Teaching Good Prose: Pedagogy Craft Class and Internship

Graduate Seminar—Fall


Prerequisites: Completion of at least two semesters in the MFA Writing program.

This course will prepare student-teachers with a working knowledge of theories, methods, and procedures for teaching functional and academic reading and writing skills to first-year college students. The course has two main components, which include attendance in the Teaching Good Prose pedagogy seminar held on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:10 pm, as well as a supervised Teaching Assistantship in a freshman writing class at SUNY Purchase. In the pedagogy seminar, readings and class discussions will explore strategies for designing and teaching lessons that will improve the students’ ability to compose analytical college essays; to express ideas clearly and effectively in well-developed, focused arguments with relevant and adequate evidence; and to use the style and conventions of standard academic prose. Student-teachers are supervised by an instructor and are required to attend one session of a freshman writing class per week. Additionally, student-teachers are expected to meet with students outside of class for one-to-two hours per week.

Amy Beth Wright, SUNY Purchase Faculty