Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black, Ph.D.

Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • The Ohio State University
Each of us has the capacity to write meaningful essays that tap into the heartbeat of humanity.

Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black is Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public liberal arts college. She graduated summa cum laude from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Music and English. She studied under Jane Smiley for her M.A. in Fiction and Essay Writing at Iowa State University and received her Ph.D. in 19th-Century British and American Literature from The Ohio State University.

Among her awards for teaching and writing, she was named a Fulbright Scholar to Slovenia, where she taught the American novel and creative writing. She was the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award and was twice the recipient of the Faculty Student Life Award, the most prestigious teaching award at St. Mary’s, selected by the students themselves. She was awarded Mellon Foundation grants on three separate occasions, and she won a gold medal in the national 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest for an anthology she edited. Nebraska Wesleyan University has named her a Distinguished Alumna and an Outstanding Graduate.

Professor Cognard-Black’s publications are extensive and eclectic, reflecting her intellectual background as both a writer and a literary critic. She is the author of numerous books, has published her essays and short fiction in a number of journals, and she has appeared on NPR.

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  1. Becoming a Great Essayist

    Becoming a Great Essayist

    Jennifer Cognard-Black
    3.9 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (73)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Discover the keys to unlock your potential in essay writing. If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, or a strong opinion, then you have an essay in you. These illuminating lectures explore many genres of essays, challenge you with stimulating writing prompts, and provide insights into how to write compelling essays. In mastering this versatile form, you gain skills to apply to any other form of writing.
  2. Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Readers and Writers Sale

    Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Readers and Writers

    Jennifer Cognard-Black
    4.8 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (9)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $59.95 $269.95 $59.95$269.95
    Whether you want to write short stories, simply want better insight as a reader, or even if you are looking for a new lens through which to view American history, the 24 rich and informative lectures of Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers will show you the ins and outs of this infinitely adaptable—and intrinsically American—literary form.
  3. (SET) Great American Short Stories & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Set

    (SET) Great American Short Stories & The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Transform the way you think about—and write—short genre fiction with this two-course set. Plunge into several centuries of short stories in the American tradition, looking at how to write them, how to read them, and how to appreciate their profound cultural influence in Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Then, learn how mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most...
  4. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Analysis and Critique Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Analysis and Critique

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Writing is a powerful way for us to communicate with one another, to share our distinct thoughts and ideas through the power of words. With this two-course set, you can master the craft of writing for any occasion. Becoming a Great Essayist shows you how to approach a flexible and concise form of writing, while Analysis and Critique provides methods for clear and strong writing on any subject.
  5. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn to write the right way with this illuminating two-course set. Start by mastering one of the most flexible forms of writing in Becoming a Great Essayist, then move onto to Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques to take your writing to the next level.
  6. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & The Art of Storytelling Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & The Art of Storytelling

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Stories are the way we pass our history, beliefs, and lessons from one generation to another. This two-course set takes an in-depth look at the art of stories from writing to sharing. Start with Becoming a Great Essayist to master the craft of writing. Then, The Art of Storytelling reveals the tried-and-true methods experienced storytellers use to develop and tell entertaining and memorable stories.
  7. (SET) Great American Short Stories & Screenwriting 101 Set on sale

    (SET) Great American Short Stories & Screenwriting 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $97.90 $539.90 $97.90$539.90
    Overcome your fear of the blank page and examine a wealth of strategies and techniques for writing captivating, moving fiction. First, plunge into several centuries of short stories in the American tradition, looking at how to write them, how to read them, and how to appreciate their profound cultural influence in Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Then, enjoy a master class in...
  8. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Creative Nonfiction Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Writing well is not an inherent skill. Master two notable forms of this craft with this two-course set, starting with Becoming a Great Essayist. Then explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product ready for publication in Writing Creative Nonfiction.
  9. (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Becoming a Great Essayist Set

    (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Becoming a Great Essayist

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    This two-course set will help you learn about your language and hone your writing skills. Start with a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to cyber-communications with The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins. Then, unlock your potential in essay writing with Becoming a Great Essayist so that you may write honest, compelling, and GREAT essays.
  10. (SET) Great American Short Stories & Becoming a Great Essayist Set

    (SET) Great American Short Stories & Becoming a Great Essayist

    Jennifer Cognard-Black
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Whether you’re a reader of short stories and essays or a writer of them, you’ll find plenty of rewards in this two-course set that brings together Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers and Becoming a Great Essayist. In the first course, plunge into several centuries of short stories in the American tradition, looking at how to write them, how to read them, and how to appreciate their...
  11. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & How to Publish Your Book Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & How to Publish Your Book

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Master the craft of writing from start to finish with a superb overview of the entire process in this two-course set. Becoming a Great Essayist teaches you how to express your inner voice in one of the most flexible writing formats available. Then How to Publish Your Book gives you an insider’s view into how to navigate the complex world of publishing.
  12. (SET) Great American Short Stories & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (SET) Great American Short Stories & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Overcome your fear of the blank page and examine a wealth of strategies and techniques for writing captivating, moving fiction. First, plunge into several centuries of short stories in the American tradition, looking at how to write them, how to read them, and how to appreciate their profound cultural influence in Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Then, enjoy a master class in...