Creative Writing

What is the study of creative writing?

Creative writing is the expression of your thoughts, observations, or original ideas in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, or multigenre pieces of writing. There is a craft to communicating what you want to say, and in the creative writing classes at Georgia Southern University, you will read, study, and write with a goal of learning and practicing that craft.

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is unique in Georgia for offering a major that incorporates the fields of professional & technical writing, linguistics, & writing studies, while also offering rigorous preparation in creative writing.

What can creative writing offer me?

The study and practice of creative writing teaches you to read and write like a writer. You’ll read a wide range of work, much of it from contemporary creative writers, to gain both a broad and deep understanding of the craft of writing. During workshops, you’ll receive feedback from your peers and professors that will help you revise your work. You’ll also learn how to submit your work for publication and contests.

Our area hosts multiple visiting writers a year, and students in creative writing classes have the chance to meet and talk to those writers during their craft talks and public readings.

Current students & alumni

Our students can take courses in introductory or advanced fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting—or a combination of their choosing.

Students run Creative Writing Club or Writers’ Guild; travel to the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference; put on public readings; get recognized for their talent in our annual scholarships and awards; intern with the magazine Wraparound South; and get to know each other in our small, friendly community of creative writers.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in creative writing, publish books, and use their skills in a variety of corporate and professional settings. Learn more about our talented alumni here!

Creative writing faculty

Sean Hill

Christina Olson

Jared Yates Sexton

Laura Valeri

Theresa Welford






Where can I learn more about creative writing at Georgia Southern?

For even more about course offerings, awards, reading series, internships, or our visiting writers, click here or contact our Area Coordinator, Professor Christina Olson.

Last updated: 9/20/2017

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