Thorough. Challenging. Substantive.
Creative Writing at Susquehanna University

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.

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.

We want to read your writing!

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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.

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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:

Already an SU student? Email to find out how you can apply to the creative writing major.


Apprentice Writer

Second A student-edited literary magazine which accepts entries in poetry, fiction and non-fiction from secondary students across the United States.


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.


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


An online genre/speculative literatures magazine focusing on the odd, experimental, unusual and weird.

The Susquehanna Review

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

Modern Language Studies

The scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association is edited and produced in its entirety here.

The Quill

Read the latest issue of our student-run weekly newspaper.

Red, Inc.

Susquehanna’s Blog of Book Reviews, Literary Criticism, and the Like.


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

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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English & Creative Writing

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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