Creative Writing for Undergraduates

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

The Georgia State University Department of English’s Creative Writing concentration combines artistic exploration, foundational work in literary studies, and a focused creative capstone experience. Our Creative Writing workshops and seminars are small, ensuring students receive individual attention from our award-winning faculty of novelists, essayists, poets, and editors. We offer courses in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and literary publishing. The core of the concentration is the four-class sequence in Creative Writing that allows writers the unique opportunity to focus on their art over several semesters, and to compose a capstone project in poetry or fiction.

Creative Writing Program students serve as editors of the literary journals Underground and New South, and our literary publishing seminars are taught by the editors of Five Points, the internationally acclaimed literary magazine based at GSU. These opportunities provide hands-on experience for students interested in careers in publishing. Our undergraduate alumni have gone on to work as writers and editors for newspapers and magazines including Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine, to publish their writing in the Paris Review, Vice, and Oxford American, and to pursue graduate study in Creative Writing at Cornell University, the Michener Center at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Florida, City University of New York-Queens, Columbia University, California College of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, California State University at Fresno, the University of Oregon, Indiana University, Brown University, and other top schools. Others have completed graduate degrees in law, library science, literature, religious studies, and education.

Our faculty includes Danielle Cadena Deulen (poetry & creative nonfiction), Beth Gylys (poetry), John Holman (fiction), Sheri Joseph (fiction), and Josh Russell (fiction & creative nonfiction). Every member of the Creative Writing Program faculty has published with top commercial, independent, or university presses three or more books that have received significant critical attention. They have received the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Grub Street National Book Prize, the Utah Book Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, the MacDowell Collony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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