Creative Writing

The creative writing area is gaining a national reputation for nurturing authors with courses in creative writing, creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, & screenwriting. The area offers a wide array of options, from the traditional workshop in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, to classes that teach students how to read, analyze, and imagine like writers. Students are eligible for four scholarships & awards: the Brannen Creative Writing Award, the The Brittany “Ally” Harbuck Memorial ScholarshipThe Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award, & The David Starnes/George Brannen Scholarship.

The department is unique in Georgia for offering a major that incorporates the growing fields of professional & technical writing, linguistics, & writing studies, while also offering rigorous preparation in creative writing. All professors are published creative writers with terminal degrees & books or significant work in the area of their individual expertise. Learn more about our faculty here.

Our majors have gone on to MFA writing programs in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, & young adult writing. Many are also published authors & recipients of national awards and recognition. Learn more here.

We provide students opportunities for publication & contact with professional writers. We’re a stop on the Georgia Poetry Circuit reading series, which every year brings to campus poets including Marianne Boruch, Todd Boss, Yusef Komunyakaa, & Dave Smith. In addition to the Georgia Poetry Circuit, the area sponsors readings & workshops from visiting writers. Past visiting writers include Sandra Beasley, Dorothy Allison, Mary Karr, Eleanor Henderson, Tina Whittle, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Barbara Bottner, & many others.

Students have opportunities to gain experience by working on Wraparound South, participating in The Burning Swamp Reading Series, or participating in one of our department’s internships.

We invite you to learn much more about the creative writing focus, courses, faculty, news, & events at our blog, Creative Sweet.

Last updated: 6/27/2017

Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0739