Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde

Instructor, Communications, Humanities

Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde started writing when she was eight years old. In her early twenties, she was a published poet and essayist before she fell in love with film. Pursuing an undergraduate degree in film and photography led to almost twenty years of work in the commercial film and photography industries. Toward the end of this time, she rediscovered her love of writing and returned to school for an MFA, along with a career change to teaching.

She currently teaches as both a volunteer and as a contract adjunct for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, as well as at IPR. She is a founding member of Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, an organization that currently offers writing classes in most of the facilitiesrun by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Nell writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and even occasional poetry when she can’t help herself. She has been published in a variety of local literary journals and reviews, and is at work completing her thesis novel. Nell is passionate about writing and reading, and loves to share these passions with her students. The empowerment that comes with learning to read critically and write effectively is the goal for all of her students.


  • B.A., Filmmaking and Photography, Metropolitan State University
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Hamline University