Creative Writing

Faculty List
Michelle Herman, Area Coordinator

Course offerings in creative writing, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, are varied and numerous and reflect the range of writing by our faculty of novelists, essayists, poets, memoirists, and short story writers, as well as a screenwriter and a playwright. We are well-known for encouraging graduate students in our MFA program to “cross over” into genres other than their primary one (and we offer coursework designed specifically for that purpose), for facilitating interdisciplinary work and collaborations beyond our program, and for the opportunities our department provides for rigorous and far-ranging scholarly coursework in such related disciplines as narrative theory, ethnographic studies and other areas of folklore, film studies, popular culture, rhetoric, digital media, and so on. Periodically, creative writing faculty offer workshops designed for PhD students interested in exploring creative writing. At the undergraduate level, students may pursue a selective English major with a concentration in creative writing or a minor; many undergraduates choose to write a creative thesis (on the model of the MFA thesis), a booklength work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Key Courses

  • 6763.01 Graduate Workshop in Poetry
  • 6763.02 Graduate Workshop in Poetry for MFA Students in Fiction or Creative Nonfiction
  • 6764 Graduate Workshop in Screenwriting
  • 6765.01 Graduate Workshop in Fiction
  • 6765.02 Graduate Workshop in Fiction for MFA Students in Poetry or Creative Nonfiction
  • 6768 Graduate Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
  • 6769 Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing - Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • 6662  Literary Publishing
  • 6788  Studies in the Theory and Practice of Imaginative Writing*
  • 7871 Forms of Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry (required for all MFA students)
  • Undergraduate classes at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level, and an honors seminar in creative writing.

*This course is designed for non-MFA graduate students and (creative writing as a method for studying scholarly issues in English—e.g., disability narratives, ethnicity and literature, gender and genre).


Affiliated Student Groups

The Writers' Guild


Affiliated Projects

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Fine Arts


Regular Events

  • Weekend-long residencies, with intensive workshops, with visiting writers.
  • Visiting writer reading series
  • Student-Faculty Reading Series
  • Mother Tongue (MFA student reading series)
  • Writers’ Harvest
  • Epilog

Scholarships & Awards

Other undergraduate awards:

  • The Reba Elaine Pearl Burkhardt Roorbach Award in Creative Nonfiction
  • The Jacobson Short Story Award
  • The Gertrude Lucille Robinson Award for the best piece of creative writing (any genre) by an undergraduate woman
  • The Citino Undergraduate Poetry Award

Graduate awards:

  • The Vandewater Poetry Award
  • The Academy of American Poets Award
  • The Haidee Forsyth Berkhardt Award in Creative Nonfiction
  • The Tara M. Kroger Award for the Short Story
  • The Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Fiction
  • The Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Poetry
  • The Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award in Creative Nonfiction