English & Creative Writing

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Glen Retief, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing
Director, Writers Institute
Go Program: South Africa

Phone: 570-372-4035
Email: retief@susqu.edu
Office Location: The Writers Institute - 610 University Ave

Academic Credentials:
PHD, Florida State University
MFA, University of Miami
BA, University of Cape Town
BA, University of Cape Town


Retief grew up in a South African game park during the apartheid era, but emigrated to the U.S. in 1994. His memoir, The Jack Bank (SMP, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected as a Book of 2011 by the Africa Book Club.

Retief’s essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review; Puerto del Sol, Fugue; The Massachusetts Review; The Greensboro Review; New Contrast, South Africa’s premier literary magazine; and Tribute, a South African mass market glossy magazine.

Occasionally he publishes newspaper columns and op-ed pieces in, among others, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Bay Times, and The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Retief mostly teaches creative nonfiction classes at Susquehanna University. Once every other year or so, he also takes students to his native South Africa to visit a rural, Xhosa seaside village and a Cape Town Muslim community, and to turn their experiences into travel essays.


  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • ENGL-205 Living Writers
  • ENGL-205 Magical Realism
  • ENGL-265 Forms of Writing: Short Story
  • OFFP-SAFRICA Travel Writing in South Africa
  • OFFR-SAFRICA Travel Writing in South Africa
  • OFFS-SAFRICA Travel Writing in South Africa
  • WRIT-250 Intro to Creative Nonfiction
  • WRIT-250 Introduction to Nonfiction
  • WRIT-350 Int Nonfiction: Memoir
  • WRIT-350 Int. NF Memoir/Personal Essay
  • WRIT-350 Intermediate Nonfiction
  • WRIT-450 Adv NF: Memoir/Personal Essay
  • WRIT-450 Adv Nonfiction: Literary
  • WRIT-450 Adv Nonfiction: Memoir
  • WRIT-500 Independent Study
  • WRIT-520 Practicum
  • WRIT-540 Internship
  • WRIT-590 Independent Writing Project

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