Creative Writing

Welcome to the Creative Writing program at the College of Charleston. Our workshop classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction invite students to think deeply about the world around them and to render it alive on the page. Together, our classes form a true community of writers, where students support and encourage one another.

The Creative Writing program features award-winning faculty, the annual Sarah Margaret Goad Memorial Prizes for undergraduate creative writing; and an annual reading series of nationally-prominent poets and writers. The program is home to Crazyhorse magazine, one of the top literary journals in the country.

Alumni of the Creative Writing program have:

· Been accepted to top-tier MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing, including: Cornell University, University of Iowa/Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hollins University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, University of Missouri, Western Michigan University, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Southern Illinois University, and West Virginia University.

· Published novels, short story collections, and poetry collections with university, independent, and commercial presses, including: W.W. Norton/Liveright, Press 53, Hub City Press, LSU Press, YesYesBooks, Autumn House Press, University of Akron Press, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

· Won national writing awards, including: a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers, Bucknell University’s Philip Roth Residency, and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

· Landed jobs as editors or editorial assistants at literary journals and commercial magazines, including Salamander and Vanity Fair, and as a copywriter at The Agora Companies.

· Earned tenure-track teaching jobs in Creative Writing.