Trevor Corson is an adjunct professor in the creative writing graduate program at Columbia University in New York City, where he advises nonfiction thesis projects, and has taught narrative science writing in the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University. Trevor has also been a teaching fellow and senior instructor in the writing program at Columbia, where his responsibilities included teaching four semesters of a core-curriculum undergraduate writing seminar, serving on a curriculum development team, and helping to train incoming instructors in writing pedagogy.
Trevor has taught writing workshops and classes at the Key West Literary Seminar, the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University, and at the University of Miami, and has been a visiting writer in the MFA program at the University of Memphis. As an adjunct professor at The New School in New York, Trevor has also taught a popular undergraduate seminar that examines Japan through food, religion, and erotica. As a member of the faculty of Brooklyn Friends School for two years, Trevor created and taught a new East Asian studies curriculum in the upper school, including courses in the modern history of China and Japan and in classical Chinese philosophy, and language classes in Mandarin Chinese. Trevor is also a frequent lecturer at schools, universities, and symposia throughout the United States on the topics of his books, emphasizing environmental stewardship and how personal choices can contribute to sustainability.
From Miles Frieden, Executive Director of the Key West Literary Seminar:
“Trevor Corson is an outstanding workshop leader. He led a weeklong class on narrative nonfiction, a class that included students from a wide array of backgrounds, abilities and approaches. He provided everyone with detailed attention and engaged class members in improving their own and others’ writing. He was unfailingly accessible and kind to students throughout. He also provided essential information about nonfiction writing, its mores and ethics, and how it differs from memoir, fiction and other forms of writing. We strongly recommend Trevor as a teacher and workshop leader.”
From Buki Papillon, student, Key West Literary Seminar:
“I will always be immensely grateful for Trevor Corson’s class. I learned a lot about nonfiction writing techniques and skill and also enjoyed the class immensely. Trevor’s workshop approach fostered a true spirit of community amongst his students as he encouraged each of us to contribute to the critiquing process in a way that maximized the results for everyone. Trevor’s own critiques were insightful and, between the diagrams he would occasionally create on the board and his analysis of each student’s story, I left feeling that I had gained more from his workshop than I imagined possible. I carried with me the basic important fact that in order to write successful nonfiction, I have to tell a good story while unobtrusively weaving in verifiable information. I also very much appreciated the fact that Trevor treated every one of us as talented writers who one day could be fellow professionals, so that I left his class feeling both challenged and encouraged that we had all been given the tools to steer safely through writing our own real stories.”
From Dr. Robert Ginsburg, Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami:
“Trevor Corson delivered an insightful and constructive seminar providing crucial tips for helping our scientists and experts communicate their work to the public.”
From Jamie Kruse, student, Master’s Program in Media Studies at The New School, New York City:
“I really enjoyed Trevor Corson’s course and learned so much. I’m sure I’ll be thinking about, and following up, on all we discussed for many months to come. I’m glad to have been able to take part!”
“Trevor Corson was more than generous with his time and enthusiasm. He was fantastic with the students and took time to answer every question.” Farren highly recommends The Secret Life of Lobsters and Corson’s recently published new book, The Story of Sushi, as learning tools.
From Robert Rocha, President, Massachusetts Marine Educators Association:
“As our keynote speaker, Trevor Corson kept more than 300 fidgety high school students, their teachers, and university faculty engrossed with his engaging and informative presentation. He was the perfect speaker—I heard directly from teachers and students that the students were talking about his presentation for the rest of the school year.”
From Dr. Suzanne Kessler, Vice Provost, Purchase College, SUNY & Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences:
“Trevor Corson made an immediate connection with our students by using humor to teach them that their decisions can change the environment. The students rushed the stage after the talk for copies of Trevor’s sustainable seafood guide.”
“Our students were still talking about Trevor Corson the next day, which for teenagers is a sure sign of success. They loved his sense of humor and the immediate connection they felt with him.”