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. 


Creative Writing Scholarship Increases Announced

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

Christina HarringtonAlumna Lands Dream Job at Marvel

Christina Harrington ’12 still remembers the first time she laid eyes on a comic book. Today, Harrington gets to experience that magic every day as an assistant editor at Marvel in the comic publisher’s X-Men office. More»

Steven UrenaWho Says You Can’t Be in the WWE When You Grow Up?

Steven Urena ’11 really wanted to be a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He didn’t give up on his dream—he just changed gears from wrestling to writing. 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 »


Applying to the Creative Writing Program

You must apply to the university, and submit a writing portfolio to the Writers Institute director at

Our writing program is competitive, and attracts some extraordinarily talented young writers, so it’s important you send us your very best poetry, fiction, memoir, and/or literary journalism.

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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

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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