Creative Writing Minor
Welcome to the website for the East Tennessee State University Minor in Creative Writing.
We're pleased to offer students rigorous and diverse coursework in fiction and poetry, as well as a variety of electives in drama, creative nonfiction and screenwriting. Over the years we've been proud to host many great writers on campus, including Joy Harjo, Charles Wright, Tayari Jones, Ron Rash, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Cris Mazza, Li-Young Lee, Robert Bausch and many others. Each spring ETSU sponsors a creative writing festival, ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing, which features workshops and readings from writers around the country.
We have several scholarship opportunities available.
- Out-of-state creative writing students should check out our Creative Arts Scholarship.
- ETSU offers Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships for creative writers through the Honors College.
The Department of Literature and Language sponsors:
- ETSU Creative Writing Society
- The Mockingbird, our student-run literary journal
- Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, an international journal featuring writing on the intersection of sport and literature.
The minor is open to students majoring in any discipline. We will update this space regularly with news on events and opportunities in creative writing here at ETSU and across the region.
Feel free to contact the Director of the Creative Writing Minor, Dr. Mark Baumgartner, if you have any questions.
On November 14th, 2013, poets from across East Tennessee gathered at the Carroll Reece Museum, ETSU, to celebrate the release of The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee.
News and Events:
Novelist Michael Knight is the featured speaker in the Fall Residency in Creative Writing at East Tennessee State University, with virtual events planned for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27-28.
Knight will give a reading from his work on Monday at 4 p.m., followed by an interview and Q&A session on Tuesday at 2:15. Both are free to the ETSU community and the public.
Participants must register in advance to receive the Zoom link for each event. For more information and Zoom registration, check here.