Edwin Dobb

Edwin Dobb

Continuing Lecturer

Office: B42B



Sec. Title Time Location
4 J298 Clash: Contested Terrain, Conflicting Interests : Telling Environmental Stories that Matter
Fall 2017
Th 2:00 - 5:00 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
2 J298 Introduction to Reported Narrative
Spring 2018
T 2:00 - 5:00 209 North Gate (Greenhouse)
20 J294 Master’s Project Seminar: Narrative – Dobb
Spring 2018
By appt. By appointment

More stubborn than smart, Edwin Dobb was in his mid-30s, his teenage children weary of wearing Goodwill clothes, before he conceded that writing plays and working in the theater would never pay the rent. Luckily, opportunity knocked, improvisational malarkey prevailed, and he found himself editing (truth be told, ghostwriting) at a greatly admired award-winning magazine in New York called The Sciences. Against all expectation, Dobb eventually became editor-in-chief. He also became discontent and, on the verge of financial security for the first time in his life, left to write full-time. That was 1990.

Since then, Dobb has sold sentences to all manner of publications, from Reader’s Digest and Vogue to Discover, Audubon, and The New York Times Magazine. In time, to his great relief, the hackwork decreased and he secured assignments with more heft and consequence. From 1998 to 2007, Dobb was a contributing writer at Harper’s. For the past several years he’s been working for National Geographic. Dobb is the co-writer and co-producer of a documentary film, called Butte, America, that aired on Independent Lens in the fall of 2009. His most recent non-journalism publications include two fine press books, both collaborations with visual artists and both published in early 2017. His next story for National Geographic will appear in the March, 2018 issue. A lecturer since 2000, Dobb teaches reported narrative writing and environmental journalism.


Narrative Writing