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Thorough. Challenging. Substantive.

These are some terms independent reviewers have used to describe Susquehanna’s creative writing program, one of the most rigorous and successful undergraduate programs in the nation.

When The Princeton Review recently recognized Susquehanna University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates, surveyed Susquehanna students pointed to a variety of academic offerings that make Susquehanna stand out, including the university’s “top-notch” creative writing program.

We’d add another to the list: Vibrant.

Since one in 12 students at Susquehanna is a creative writing major, we have dedicated creative writing housing, poetry slams, seven student-run publications and frequent late-night literary gatherings. See photos here.

From Day One, your work will be critiqued by professional, published authors — who are also your professors — and you’ll have plenty of chances to interact one-on-one with them.

With separate introductory courses in poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction, you’ll build your unique approach to writing on a strong foundation. Add to this: the opportunity to take courses in performance and activist writing, graphic non-fiction, and screen-writing. You’ll also take intermediate and advanced creative writing courses along with literature courses that teach writers how to read for craft and technique.

Writing is a skill valued around the world and in all professions. Our program lays the foundation for a lifelong career in fields like advertising, corporate communications, graphic design, editing, education, journalism, law, religious ministry or technical writing.

Our alumni network of more than 700 trained writers stand ready to help you make valuable connections in any number of fields. We also were recently ranked one of the top writing programs in Pennsylvania, thanks in part to graduate employment rates and earnings.

Many of our writers choose to attend graduate school after Susquehanna, and almost all who apply are admitted and receive generous teaching assistantships.

We welcome your questions and will gladly put you in touch with faculty and students so that you can learn more about the creative writing major at the Writers Institute—the hub for all things creative writing-related at Susquehanna University! Email us: writersinstitute@susqu.edu

 

The Apprentice Writer

A national literary journal for budding high school writers like you!

Essay Magazine

Our student-run creative nonfiction magazine annually showcases student memoirs, personal essays and literary journalism pieces.

Flagship

A magazine of travel writing that publishes stories from students’ cross-cultural experiences.

FUSE

We started this national group of student editors and writers and it now has an annual conference hosted by member institutions and a caucus that meets at AWP each year.

Rivercraft

An annual collection of student poetry, short stories and novellas put together by students.

The Squirrel

Susquehanna’s student-run satirical news source

The Susquehanna Review

Nationally distributed, student-run literary magazine featuring work from student writers across the country.

Seavey Reading Series

Internationally recognized writers visit Susquehanna University for free public readings.

For High School Writers

Learn more about events for high school writers, as well as our creative writing scholarships.

Alumni Awards & Publications

A selection of awards and publications from our Writers Institute alumni.

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Writers Institute
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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570-372-4035
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