University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Faculty - Toby Fulwiler

Toby Fulwiler

Toby Fulwiler

Professor Emeritus
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1973
Area of expertise


Contact Information

Website: Prof. Fulwiler's Woodworking Site

In May, 2002, Toby Fulwiler retired from teaching writing and literature in the UVM’s English Department and from directing the university’s “Writing-Across-the-Curriculum” program, positions he held since 1983, when he arrived at UVM as an Associate Professor from Michigan Technological University. His previous teaching experience includes the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which he also received his PhD in American Literature in 1973. He retired from part-time teaching of graduate students in UVM’s Field Naturalist Program in 2010.

In his academic career, Toby taught introductory and advanced writing classes with titles such as "Personal Voice," "Reading and Writing Autobiography," and "Creative Nonfiction" as well as American literature. He is the author of College Writing, The Working Writer, and Teaching With Writing; he is co-author with Alan Hayakawa of The Blair Handbook, College Writers Reference, and Pocket Reference for Writers; he is editor of The Journal Book and co-editor of, among others, Introduction to English Studies, The Letter Book, When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, Community of Voices, Angles of Vision, and Programs that Work.

At present, Toby is a woodturner who makes natural-edge and classic wooden bowls in his workshop from local hardwoods, including sugar maple, black cherry, and white birch, much of the wood coming from the ninety-acres on which he now lives in Fairfield, VT. He markets his bowls at local craft fairs from May through December while his bowls are on display most of the year at local galleries including Artist In Residence (Enosburg Falls), Edgewater (Middlebury), Art On Main (Bristol), and Artful Eye (St. Johnsbury). His work can be found on the Web at He continues to keep both a personal journal and one dedicated to woodturning; he also edits a monthly gallery newsletter and writes occasional pieces for professional woodturning journals.

Books Published:

  • The Letter Book: Ideas for Teaching College English. Co-ed Susan Dinitz. Portsmouth, Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 2000, 132 pp.
  • The Journal Book for At-Risk Writers. Co-ed. Susan Gardner, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1999.
  • The Journal Book for Teachers of Technical and Professional Programs. Co-ed. S. Gardner, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1999.
  • When Writing Teachers Teach Literature: Bringing Writing to Reading. Co-ed. A. Young. Boynton/Coo-Heinemann, 1995.
  • Programs that Work: Models and Methods for Writing Across the Curriculum. Co-ed. A. Young. Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1990.
  • The Journal Book. Ed. 1987. Teaching with Writing. Boynton/Cook, 1987.
  • Writing Across the Disciplines: Research into Practice. Co-ed. A. Young, Boynton/Cook, 1986.
  • Language Connections: Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. Co-ed. A. Young, NCTE, 1982.
  • The College Writer's Reference, 4th ed. Co-author A. Hayakawa, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • The Pocket Reference for Writers, 2nd ed. Co-author A. Hayakawa, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • English Studies: Reading, Writing, and Interpreting Texts. Co-ed. W. Stephany. McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • The Working Writer, 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • College Writing: A Personal Approach to Academic Writing, 3rd ed. NH: Boynton/Cook, 2002.
  • The Blair Handbook, 2nd ed. Co-author A. Hayakawa, Prentice Hall, 2000.
  • Community of Voices. Co-ed. A. W. Biddle, Macmillan, 1992.
  • Angles of Vision. Co-ed. A. W. Biddle, McGraw-Hill, 1992.
  • Reading, Writing, and the Study of Literature. Co-ed. A. W. Biddle, Random House, 1989.
Selected Chapters in Books
  • "The Writing Committee at Work." Co-author. Kitchen Cooks, Plate Twirlers & Troubadours: Writing Program Administrators Tell Their Stories, ed. D. George. Boynton/Cook, 1999, 138-149.
  • "Downshifting to Fourth." Teaching College English and English Education: Reflective Stories. Eds. R.Larson and T. McCracken. NCTE, 1999, 273-279.
  • "Writing Snapshots." Teaching Writing Creatively. Ed. D. Starkey, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1998.9.
  • "Telling Stories, Writing Truths." Narration as Knowledge. Ed. J. Trimmer, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1998, 84-97.
  • "Writing Back and Forth: Class Letters." Writing to Learn: Strategies for Assigning and Responding to Writing Across the Disciplines. Eds. M.D. Sorcinelli & P. Elbow, Jossey Bass, 1997.
  • "Song of the Open Road: A Motorcycle Rider Teaches Literature." When Writing Teachers Teach Literature. Eds. A. Young & T. Fulwiler, Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 1995.
  • "Claiming My Voice." Voices on Voice. Ed. K. Yancey, NCTE, 1994.
  • "A Lesson in Revision." The Subject Is Writing. Ed. W. Bishop, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1993.
  • "Writing and Learning American Literature." Writing, Teaching, Learning in the Disciplines. Eds. A. Herrington & C.Moran, MLA 1992.
  • "The Quiet and Insistent Revolution: WAC." The Politics of Writing Instruction. Eds. R. Bullock & J. Trimbur, Boynton/Cook, 1991.
  • "Responding to Student Journals." Writing and Response. Ed. C. Anson, NCTE, 1989.

Selected Articles

  • "Provocative Revision." Writing Center Journal (1992) 190-204.
  • "Looking and Listening for My Voice." CCC 41, 2 (May 1990) 214-220.
  • "Writing Workshops and the Mechanics of Change." WPA12 (Spring, 1989) 7-20.
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum: Implications for Teaching Literature," ADE Bulletin (Winter, 1987).
  • "Interactive Writing and Teaching Chemistry." (Co-author M. Strauss.) Journal of College Science Teaching. (February,1987) 256-262.
  • "Freshman Writing: The Best Course in the University to Teach." The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 2. 1986).
  • "Writing is Everybody's Business." National Forum, The Phi Kappa Phi Journal (Fall,1985), 21-24.
  • "How Well Does Writing across the Curriculum Work?" College English 46, 2 (February, 1984).
  • "Showing, Not Telling, at a Writing Workshop." College English 43, 1 (Jan. 1981), 55-63.
  • "Journals across the Disciplines." English Journal 69, 9 December, 1980), 14-19

Courses taught: Personal Voice, Reading and Writing Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction , American literature