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 »
Big Hollywood Names Set to Star in Film of Tom Bailey Novel
Glenn 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 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 »
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Creative Writing Video
A comprehensive look at the Susquehanna University creative writing major and the Writers Institute.More »
For High School Students
Submit a writing piece for publication, come to campus for a summer workshop, or attend a fall workshop session. More »
Three student-run literary magazines give students the chance to get published and get real-world experience.
What Others Say
Visiting writers, students and alumni sing praises of the Writers Institute. More »
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 »