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Creative Writing Minor

Department of Literature and Language

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 Tayari Jones, Ron Rash, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Cris Mazza, Li-Young Lee, Robert Bausch and many others.

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.

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. More information can be found by following the links.

Feel free to browse through the website, and please contact the Director of the Creative Writing Minor, , if you have any questions. 

Anthology Reading

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 Upcoming Events:



All Daytime Events in Reece Museum. Free and Open to the Public


Tuesday, April 9

10:00-10:45: Welcome and Introduction, Winners of The Mockingbird Awards

11:00-11:45: New Writing from ETSU, with Abby Lewis and Isabel Gomez Sobrino


1:00-2:00: Fiction Writing Workshop, with Monic Ductan

2:00-3:00: Poetry Writing Workshop, with Jonathan Johnson

3:00-4:00: Professional Writing Workshop, with Tom Chiarella


Wednesday, April 10

10:00-11:15: Public Reading and Q&A, with Tom Chiarella, Monic Ductan, and Jonathan Johnson


12:30-1:30: Jonathan Johnson, Presentation on Poetry

1:30-2:30: Tom Chiarella, Presentation on Professional and Magazine Writing

2:30-3:30: Monic Ductan, Presentation on Fiction

3:30-4:30: Public Presentation with Silas House (in Reece)


7:30 PM: 7th Annual Jack Higgs Memorial Reading, Silas House Reading and Book-signing, Brown Hall Auditorium




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.  

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