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Creative Writing

The creative writing emphasis at Utah State University offers a nurturing community for writers. At some schools, faculty seal themselves off from students. Not here. We pride ourselves in mentoring students so that they can achieve the kind of artistic and intellectual skills that we associate with the best creative writing. Through practice in all genres—fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—and a comprehensive study of literature, students learn the art of literary writing and develop critical, cognitive, and writing skills applicable in numerous professional fields.

Our faculty have published award-winning books and chapbooks and appeared in both national and international journals. They have won awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry and the Fulbright Award, and been anthologized in publications such as The Norton Reader, Utne, and New Poets of the American West. In addition, our students have appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Main Street Rag, and other fine journals.

In addition to mentorship and training, our students have opportunities to join The Bull Pen, the department’s creative writing club, to intern with Sink Hollow and Scribendi, the Utah State Creative Writing Contest magazines, and to organize Helicon West, Logan’s bi-monthly open mic night.

Major offered
Course Requirements BA, BS


Program Contacts:

Advising - Susan Parkinson
Creative Writing, American Studies, Literary Studies, Professional and Technical Writing
Office: Old Main #106
Phone: (435) 797-3883
Appointment hours: M-F 9:00

Professor Jennifer Sinor
Office: 302B Ray B.West
Phone: (435) 797-3304