Norma J Tilden


Teaching Professor


Department of English
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General profile


+1 202-687-7483




Office hours

Spring 2017: T 2:00-3:00pm, 5:00-6:30pm & by appointment


A faculty member in the English Department since 1985, Norma Tilden has taught a broad range of literature and writing courses, from first-year writing workshops to offerings in the major genres of contemporary prose, including creative nonfiction, long-form essay, New Journalism, nature writing, and ecocriticism. Within the field of writing studies, she has taught Introductory and Advanced Nonfiction, Approaches to English Composition, Writers on Writing, Ecological Narrative, Craft Studies, and the graduate seminar Approaches to Teaching Writing. From 1990-1999 she served as director of the Georgetown Writing Center, and from 2008-2012, directed the University Writing Program.

Her research interests include literary nonfiction, varieties of the essay, and ecocriticism. Her current project is a book-length study of the contemporary essay of place, titled "The Indigenous Essay: A New Poetics of Environmental Prose." She has completed a prose chapbook of lyric essays, “Animal Watch.”

Tilden has received national and international writing awards, including the Smart Family Foundation Prize for Best Essay published in The Yale Review 2005 (“Walter Inglis Anderson: Zographos") and the 2001 International Life Writing Prize from the Center for Biographical Research (“Stratigraphies: Writing a Suspect Terrain”). The Georgetown English Department has nominated her four times for the College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


  • Ph.D. () New York University,
  • M.A. () New York University,
  • B.A. () Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Indiana),