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English, Creative Writing Concentration, B.S./B.A.

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Gain skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, and complex reasoning lead to greater professional and personal success.

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English, Creative Writing Concentration, B.S./B.A.

While pursuing the Creative Writing concentration will be directly beneficial to students wishing to pursue careers as writers or teachers of writing, the study of creative writing provides skills that apply to any field, such as the mastery of language and the ability to craft a story. Students of creative writing learn to take criticism and to craft critical responses that benefit others. They learn to present bold ideas in palatable and persuasive ways. They learn the importance of originality, experimentation, and risk-taking.

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Rethinking traditional writing in the 21st century

Rethinking traditional writing in the 21st century

Students who think that writing a traditional essay will be the only thing that happens in Dr. Eric Detweiler's rhetoric and composition classes are likely in for a surprise. Detweiler includes a variety of technology — especially sound related — to broaden perceptions of what writing is and what can be done with it. "I want them to become sensitive to these differences and realize that they can reach a broader audience as well as have fun." Full disclosure: Detweiler emphasizes that traditional writing is very much a part of his classes — it's just not the only part!

Children's and Young Adult Literature Around the World

Children's and Young Adult Literature Around the World

Dr. Poushali Bhadury engages her students in a lively discussion of race, nation, and sexuality in her new Topics in Children's Literature course, Children's and Young Adult Literature Around the World. The class challenges the lack of diversity in children's and young adult literature by exploring writers and writing from perspectives that address gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and other facets of identity and culture. Says one student, "This is the most eye-opening course I've ever taken, and Dr. Bhadury is amazing!"

News Briefs

Rethinking traditional writing in the 21st century

Students who think that writing a traditional essay will be the only thing that happens in Dr. Eric Detweiler's rhetoric and composition classes are likely in for a surprise. Detweiler includes a variety of technology — especially sound related — to broaden perceptions of what writing is and what can be done with it. "I want them to become sensitive to these differences and realize that they can reach a broader audience as well as have fun." Full disclosure: Detweiler emphasizes that traditional writing is very much a part of his classes — it's just not the only part!

Children's and Young Adult Literature Around the World

Dr. Poushali Bhadury engages her students in a lively discussion of race, nation, and sexuality in her new Topics in Children's Literature course, Children's and Young Adult Literature Around the World. The class challenges the lack of diversity in children's and young adult literature by exploring writers and writing from perspectives that address gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and other facets of identity and culture. Says one student, "This is the most eye-opening course I've ever taken, and Dr. Bhadury is amazing!"

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Our students have gone on to become creative writing faculty, oversea educators, editors of creative publications, and published authors:

Victoria Deckard is attending the M.F.A. program at the University of Memphis.

M. Hardwick (Kaitlynn Means) is attending the M.F.A. program at the University of Memphis.

Margaret Hoffman received her Master’s in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has worked as a writer and/or script coordinator on various shows at Netflix, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Hellosaurus, and Sutoscience.

(Pete Jones) is the director of the Visual AIDS oral history project, The Body Is an Archive. They lead courses in poetry & hybrid writing as adjunct faculty at City College of New York (CUNY).

Sophia Mass is teaching in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program.

Alexa Norsby received her M.F.A. from McNeese State and is now an editorial intern at The Oxford American.

Cassie Sistoso has been accepted into Sewanee School of Letters MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Quentin Steadman received his M.F.A. from Old Dominion University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska.

Lukas Tallent’s story, “Thrust,” was recently included in Heresy Press’s debut anthology, Nothing Sacred: Outspoken Voices in Contemporary Fiction, and his debut novel will be published in the Fall. He edits a literary magazine on Substack called Wrong Turn Lit.

Coby Taylor has been accepted into the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program.

(Tiara Terrell) won the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers in 2018. Her stories have been published in Black Warrior Review, Puerto del Sol, and The Kenyon Review, and in the anthology Best American Experimental. She teaches creative writing at UMass Amherst and GrubStreet.

Joshua Tilton received his M.F.A. from the University of Memphis.

Chet Weise is Editor in Chief of Third Man Books, an imprint of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville.

 

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