The creative writing undergraduate emphasis within the Writing & Linguistics major is quickly gaining a national reputation for nurturing aspiring authors with courses in creative writing, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and a variety of popular new genres. The department offers classes face-to-face and online for undergraduate and graduate students. The program 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.
The department is unique in Georgia for offering a major that incorporates the growing fields of technical writing, linguistics, and writing studies, while also offering a rigorous and thorough preparation for the classic creative writing career. Professors are all published creative writers with terminal degrees and 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 fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and young adult writing. Many are also published authors and recipients of national awards and recognition. Learn more about our creative writing alumni here.
We also provide students opportunities for publication and contact with professional writers. We’re a stop on the Georgia Poetry Circuit reading series, which every year brings to campus renowned poets such as Marianne Boruch, Todd Boss, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Dave Smith.
In addition to the Georgia Poetry Circuit, the creative writing area sponsors readings and workshops from writers. Past visiting writers include Sandra Beasley, Dorothy Allison, Mary Karr, Eleanor Henderson, Tina Whittle, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Barbara Bottner, and many others.
Students have opportunities to gain experience by publishing in Miscellany, working on Wraparound South, participating in The Burning Swamp Reading Series, or participating in one of our department’s internships. Majors are also eligible for the Brannen Creative Writing Award, the Harbuck Scholarship Award and The Powell Award.
We welcome your questions and invite you to learn much more about the creative writing focus, courses, faculty, news, and events at our blog, Creative Sweet.
Last updated: 1/27/2017