Carnegie Mellon University

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein

Professor of English

Area of Study

Creative Writing


At the start of my career, I only wrote fiction. In the years since then, I’ve found myself drawn to other genres too. My last three books were memoirs, and I’ve published essays in such places as The New York Times Magazine, Narrative, Fourth Genre, The Sun and Creative Nonfiction.  A recent essay, “Still Running” was selected to be in Best American Sports Writing 2018. I’ve also written scripts, among them the screenplay for the Warner Brothers movie, Seven Minutes in Heaven.  Upcoming publications include a picture book, Gina from Siberia,I cowrote with my daughter, and a novel, The Face Tells the Secret.  My grants and awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing, and a Fulbright Fellowship. I’ve been a member of the Creative Writing Program since 1991, teach courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting, and find it a great pleasure to introduce students to notable works in these genres. 


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • BA, New York University

Selected Publications

The Face Tells the Secret, Regal House Publishing,  2019.

Rachel in the World, University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Bereft - A Sister's Story, North Point Press, 2000.

"Seizures," Crazy Horse, 2017.

 “Joe: How I Helped Tell a Soldier's Story," LitHub, 2016.

"The Marrying Kind," Creative Nonfiction, 2016.