Nearly 40% of creative writing majors go on to graduate school for writing, almost all of them earning teaching assistantships or fellowships that pay them to attend school.
100% of Susquehanna creative writing majors give at least one public reading during thier four years.
Susquehanna writing students run 7 on-campus magazines, 4 of which are funded by the Writers Institute

Writers Institute | Department of English and Creative Writing

Home to Susquehanna University’s nationally recognized writing program offering a major in creative writing, the Writers Institute delivers an outstanding experience to its students. With accessible, expert faculty and the Visiting Writers Program, which brings acclaimed authors to campus to give readings and engage with students, the institute is the nucleus of a vibrant community of published writers.

A creative writing major at Susquehanna University will earn you more than an undergraduate degree. You’ll learn a craft while developing skills for lifelong benefit from faculty who, among them, have not only published dozens of books and won national literary prizes, but also have received many university teaching awards.

Highly respected visiting authors and editors visit campus every academic year. They attend classes, participate in workshops, dine with students, give public readings and leave behind their impressions of our program. Many have commented that we have an M.F.A.-level program, one of the best they’ve ever seen. 

For High School Juniors and Seniors—Creative Writing Day

The Writers Institute will host a day of workshops, readings, and information sessions on Monday, November 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch included) on the campus of Susquehanna University. Parents and teachers are also welcome. Learn more and register. »

News

Creative Writing Scholarship Increases Announced

The Writers Institute will offer as many as 10 creative writing scholarships for incoming majors. More »




Big Hollywood Names Set to Star in Film of Tom Bailey Novel

Tom Bailey NovelGlenn Close, James Franco and Brit Marling recently signed on to star in the film version of The Grace That Keeps This World, the 2005 novel by Susquehanna University Professor of English and Creative Writing Tom Bailey. The movie will be directed by Azazel Jacobs from a screenplay adapted by Matthew Aldrich. More »




Graduate Premieres Play

Playwright Erin Breznitsky, a 2006 creative writing graduate, recently premiered her work The Kitchen Table Plays at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. More »

2012 Creative Writing Graduate Wins Prestigious Poetry Award

Kim StollKim Stoll accepted the Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing at the center's fourth annual Benefit Gala in New York City on Oct. 4, 2012.  More »

 

Faculty Accolades

Catherine Dent 

 Formite Press in Vermont has agreed to publish her short story collection Unfinished Stories of Girls. This publication is tentatively scheduled for late 2013, early 2014.

Gary Fincke

He is to be included in an anthology of stories chosen from the past fifteen years of the Flannery O'Connor Prize winning books published with The University of Georgia Press. Nancy Zadris, the editor, has chosen "The History of Staying Awake" from Gary's 2004 collection of short stories Sorry I Worried You to appear in the anthology when it is published this February.

Tom Bailey

Big Hollywood names are set to star in the film adaptation of Tom Bailey's novel The Grace That Keeps This World. Glenn Close, James Franco and Brit Marling recently signed on to star in the film version of the 2005 novel by Susquehanna University Professor of English and Creative Writing Tom Bailey. The movie will be directed by Azazel Jacobs from a screenplay adapted by Matthew Aldrich. More »

 

Creative Writing Video

Creative Writing Video

A comprehensive look at the Susquehanna University creative writing major and the Writers Institute.More »

For High School Students

For High School Students

Submit a writing piece for publication, come to campus for a summer workshop, or attend a fall workshop session. More »

Student Publications

Student Publications

Three student-run literary magazines give students the chance to get published and get real-world experience.

What Others Say About the Writers Institute

What Others Say

Visiting writers, students and alumni sing praises of the Writers Institute. More »

Travel Writing in South Africa

GO South Africa

Memoirist Glen Retief leads students to his native South Africa on this GO Short program where students write travel essays about their experiences. More »



Nicole Powers '14

Meet
Nicole Powers '14

Nicole Powers '14

Creative Writing, French
Lititz, Pa.

The TAPIF scholarship through Fulbright allows Nicole Powers to comtemplate her future while teaching French in Poitiers, France.

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