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.
Dr. Jesse Graves was recently awarded the Philip H. Freund Prize from Cornell University and the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His poetry collections include Specter Mountain: Poems (2018, with William Wright), Basin Ghosts (2014), and Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine (2012). You can find out more about Dr. Graves’ work on his website.
Dr. Mark Baumgartner's fiction has been published in several literary journals, including The Southern Review, Best of Ohio Anthology, Bellingham Review, Phoebe, and Wisconsin Review, among others. Excerpts of his first novel, Mariah Black, have appeared in Confrontation and Silk Road. A third excerpt of the novel, entitled “The Great Siwash Shoe War,” won the 2014 Fugue prize in short fiction. Dr. Baumgartner has worked as a fiction editor at Witness, Mid-American Review, and River Styx. He is currently Editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.