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:
Monday, September 14th, 4pm: Charlotte Pence will read from her poetry, followed by a Q&A and generative poetry workshop. This event is free and open to the public on Zoom. [Meeting ID: 929 6425 1175; Passcode: 546479]
Monday, October 19th, 4pm: Stephen Graham Jones, our ETSU Fall Residency Writer, will give a fiction reading and interview with Dr. Michael Cody. This event is free and open to the public on Facebook Live.
Tuesday, October 20th, 11:15am: Stephen Graham Jones will visit Dr. Mark Baumgartner's ENGL 3020 Fiction class. ETSU students, staff and faculty interested in attending can find out more information by emailing Dr. Baumgartner [email@example.com].
Tuesday, October 27th, 2:15pm: Tessa Mellas will visit Dr. Mark Baumgartner's ENGL 5/4907 CW: Fiction II class to discuss her story collection, Lungs Full of Noise. ETSU students, staff and faculty interested in attending can find out more information by emailing Dr. Baumgartner [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Wednesday, November 11th, 11:30am: Fiction/nonfiction writer Karen Salyer McElmurray will visit Dr. Kevin O'Donnell's class to discuss her work. ETSU students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend via Zoom. [Meeting ID: 957 4507 7455]
Wednesday, November 11th, 3:00pm: Fiction/nonfiction writer Karen Salyer McElmurray will read from her new novel. This event is free and open to the public on Zoom. [Zoom ID pending]