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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.


Charles Wright visits ETSU:

ETSU is pleased to announce U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Charles Wright, will visit campus on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.  Two presentations will be held that day: the first will be a public interview and conversation at 2:00 in the Reece Museum, and the second will be a reading of his poetry at 7:30 in the Martha C. Culp Auditorium. Both events are free of charge and open to the public, and the ETSU Bookstore will offer books for sale at both events. This is a singular opportunity for our students and the community, as Mr. Wright spent most of his childhood in Kingsport, and has written extensively about his experiences there. You can find a brief introduction to his poetry at the Poetry Foundation website


Dr. Jesse Graves was recently awarded the Philip H. Freund Prize from Cornell University. His second poetry collection, Basin Ghosts, was published in 2014. Dr. Graves will receive the 2015 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers during the Southern Lit Alliance's Celebration of Southern Literature in Chattanooga from April 16-18. You can find out more about Dr. Graves’ work on his website.

Dr. Mark D. Baumgartner was awarded first prize in Fugue's Annual Writing Contest, judged by novelist Kevin Canty, for a novel chapter entitled "The Great Siwash Shoe War." The work is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Fugue, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Over the past year Dr. Baumgartner's fiction has appeared in Confrontation and Yemassee. His short story, "Diamonds and Rust," was a finalist for Bellingham Review's Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and appears in the Spring 2014 issue of the journal.

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