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Sally Lawrence
Teaching Instructor


Sally Lawrence usually teaches Writing for Business and Industry; occasionally she teaches Scientific Writing, Major American Writers, and The Short Story. Her thesis topic was John McPhee’s creative nonfiction, and she has returned to that area of interest. She recently published a creative nonfiction piece about local food and sustainable agriculture. During the spring 2007 semester, she used her research material in the classroom when she taught a Women’s Studies seminar that she created: Women, Food, and Politics, one of the first Food Studies courses taught at ECU.

In addition to creative nonfiction, she’s interested in science writing for a lay audience, public policy writing, and professional communication. She especially enjoys the challenge of making complex technical information interesting and readable.

An eternal optimist, she keeps hoping that Richard Russo will one day work at ECU and write a sequel to Straight Man.

B.S. College of Charleston
M.A. East Carolina University

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Creative Nonfiction
Science Writing
Public Policy Writing
Professional Communication
Graphic Design/Web Design

Courses Taught

5780: Advanced Writing for Business and Industry
3880: Writing for Business and Industry
3820: Scientific Writing
3510: Women's Studies Seminar: Women, Food, and Politics
3400: The Short Story
2000: Interpreting Literature
2200: Major American Writers
1200: Composition
1100: Composition

Selected Publications and Presentations

“‘The Pleasures of Eating’: Creating a Sustainable Community at Early Girl Eatery.” North Carolina Literary Review 16 (2007): 186–198.

“Ocracoke Bookstores: Distinctive Island Reading.” North Carolina Literary Review 14 (2005): 58-61.

“Analysis Report Project: Audience, E-writing, and Information Design.” Business Communication Quarterly 66.1 (2003): 47–60.

David P. Lawrence and Donald W. Neal. “Teaching the Practice of Geology and Communication using John McPhee’s Books.” Journal of Geoscience Education 49.1 (2001): 36-43.

“Structure and Definition: Keys to John McPhee’s Style.” Technical Communication 34 (1987): 296.