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Students have the opportunity to study diverse writing in a variety of electives and create their own works.

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The Creative Arts Scholarship Program is for first-time, out-of-state graduate and undergraduate students, including international and transfer students. Applicants must be accepted to ETSU before they will be considered for a Creative Arts Scholarship.

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Creative Writing at ETSU is 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, Creative Writing hosted various exceptional writers on campus, including Tayari Jones, Ron Rash, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Cris Mazza, Li-Young Lee, Robert Bausch, and more. The minor is open to students majoring in any discipline. 


The creative writing minor focuses on creative writing workshops: mostly fiction and poetry, with a few courses in creative nonfiction, drama, and screenwriting. If you minor in creative writing you are eligible for a CAS scholarship award which helps with out of state tuition. There are requirements for the scholarship:


In return for the scholarship you will be required to: minor in creative writing, and be involved in Literati, Mockingbird, or an equivalent creative writing event (to be approved by CW faculty) each semester to maintain eligibility. You will also be required to live in ETSU Housing and purchase a meal plan your freshmen year. The scholarship is renewable (for a total of 8 semesters) if you maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and pass a minimum of 15 credits per semester. The scholarship is available for fall and spring terms only.


As part of the application you must include a sample of creative writing (8 pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) or 5 poems), as well as a statement of purpose that explains your educational and career goals, and specifically how creative writing can help you reach those goals (1000 words maximum).