Creative Writing

The Georgia State University Department of English’s Creative Writing Program offers diverse and challenging educational experiences in the literary arts. Our award-winning faculty of poets and fiction writers mentor undergraduate and graduate students who come to GSU to study the craft and art of writing, and to prepare for careers in writing, publishing, and academia.

We award the PhD in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (one of the top 15 in the US, as ranked by Poets & Writers); the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; and the Master of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Program students enjoy the benefits of living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture, and great art, music, and food. Our students come from all over—Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, California, Nebraska, and even Georgia. Those students publish novels and collections of poems and stories, place work in top literary magazines, and win important prizes, fellowships, and contests.

Our faculty includes David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, and Leon Stokesbury in poetry, and John Holman, and Sheri Joseph, and Josh Russell in fiction. Every member of the Creative Writing Program faculty has published with top commercial, independent, or university presses two or more books that have received significant critical attention, and has received two or more major awards, honors, or fellowships, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Poets’ Prize, the Walt Whitman Award, The Grub Street National Book Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

The Georgia State University Creative Writing Program is home to the award-winning Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, and the student-edited literary magazine New South.

The Creative Writing Program’s Events Series brings to campus nationally and internationally known writers who give public readings and lectures and meet with students for workshops and Q&A sessions. Recent visitors have included Lydia Davis, Jim Crace, ZZ Packer, Aleksandar Hemon, Tom Franklin, Hannah Tinti, Stuart Dybek, Edward Hirsch, Heidi Julavits, and Percival Everett.

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