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:
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20-21 we will hold our annual creative writing festival, ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing. Our guests will include Sonja Livingston, presenting on creative nonfiction, John McNally on fiction, and Emily Rosko on poetry. Our keynote and Jack Higgs Memorial reader this year is playwright and poet Linda Parsons. All events are free and open to the public.
ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing
Tuesday, April 20
Zoom Meeting, Day 1
Meeting ID: 923 0213 5430
10:00-10:50 Welcome and Introductions, Student Winners of The Mockingbird Awards with editors Sam Campbell and Abby N. Lewis
11:00-11:45 New Writing from ETSU, with Mark Baumgartner and Danielle Nicole Byington
12:45-2:05 Fiction Writing Workshop, with John McNally
2:15-3:35 Playwriting Workshop, with Linda Parsons
Wednesday, April 21
Zoom Meeting, Day 2
Meeting ID: 995 3224 7867
10:00-11:45 Public Reading and Q&A with John McNally, Emily Rosko, and Sonja Livingston
1:40-3:00 Creative Nonfiction Workshop, with Sonja Livingston
3:10-4:30 Poetry Writing Workshop, with Emily Rosko
Wednesday, April 21 7:00 p.m.
8th Annual Jack Higgs Memorial Reading
Linda Parsons, Poetry Reading and Audience Q&A
Visit the Writing Festival website here: https://www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/writingfestival/
We will also stream the events live via Facebook (you do not have to have a Facebook account to view the event here):
ETSU Literature and Language Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etsuLiLa
Books by guests sold via links in Zoom chat.
Sponsored by the Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative
For more information, contact Dr. Jesse Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org