About Creative Writing at Georgia Southern

Welcome to the Creative Sweet, the official blog page of  the creative writing area within The Department of Writing & Linguistics.

We’re glad you found us and hope you’ll spend some time exploring our pages.  We are a work in progress, like any work of great literature, and we welcome interaction and lively contribution.

Let us tell you a little bit about our creative writing undergraduate program within the Writing & Linguistics major.  We are 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.  We offer classes face to face and online, for undergraduate and graduate students.  The program strives to offer 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 of Writing & Linguistics is unique in the state of 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.  Since its inception this department has graduated students who are now studying in, or graduated from prestigious MFA writing programs in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and young adult writing.  Many are also published authors, and recipients of national awards and recognition for their creative work.  See our alumni page for news of some of our stellar alumni and our news page for coverage of our current students receiving awards and national recognition.

We pride ourselves for maintaining the highest standards in the teaching of creative writing, while also providing our students ample opportunities for publication and for contact with professional writers.  Our professors are all published creative writers with terminal degrees and with books or significant work in the area of their individual expertise.  The Department also offers master classes in the summer, and one-day workshops with well-established and emerging writers of note.  We also have an email listserv and a Facebook page personalized to serve the needs of our undergraduate students by providing up to date information on writing and publication opportunities, awards, events, and other matters of interest to aspiring writers.

The Writing & Linguistics program at Georgia Southern University is a member of the Georgia Poetry Circuit reading series, which every year brings to campus renown poets like Kelly Cherry, Yusef Komunyaka, Marianne Boruch, Dave Smith, Todd Boss and many others.   Students have a chance to interact with the poets in a workshop and Q&A setting.  They then have the opportunity to attend a reading and a reception.  In addition to the Georgia Poetry Circuit, the creative writing area in the Writing & Linguistics Department at Georgia Southern is proud to sponsor readings and workshops from established as well as up and coming writers like Sandra Beasley, Dorothy Allison, Mary Karr, Eleanor Henderson, Tina Whittle, Marie Myung Ok Lee, Barbara Bottner and a host of other exciting names in creative writing.

Our students have opportunities to get a jump start on their careers by publishing in the school’s art magazine, Miscellany, or by volunteering for Student Media’s award winning magazines and newspaper, or by participating in one of the many internships offered for college credits.

Our majors are able to compete every year for the Harbuck Scholarship Award, an endowment from the Harbuck family in memory of their daughter, Ally Harbuck.  The Harbuck Scholarship rewards its winner with a $750 prize to be applied towards tuition.  Harbuck finalists are honored at a special reading and reception and each receives an award and prizes.

We also run The Powell Award, a contest which every year selects one winner from each genre of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry from a pool of competitive submissions across the University.  The prize includes $100 and publication in the student literary arts magazine, Miscellany.

Please feel free to spend some time browsing our Alumni and Students of Note, our Course Offerings page, our News and Events page, and our blog.  Anyone in the community is welcome to attend any of our readings.  In addition, students interested in pursuing a creative writing focused major at Georgia Southern should feel free to pursue the Contact page to request additional information or to set up an interview with one of our permanent faculty.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our virtual cafe’.  We welcome your comments and feedback.

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