Department of English

Creative Writing

To be a part of our program is to become a part of a community of writers—students dedicated to their craft, guided by distinguished, devoted faculty.

As a creative writer, you’ll study poetry, fiction, and prose in small classes, discussing classic and contemporary works, and applying what you learn from these models to your own writing. Interactive workshops and individual conferences provide our emerging writers with personalized feedback that will help you imagine and then refine your work.

By the time you graduate from Auburn with an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, you will have completed a special project—a final portfolio of original poems, stories, and essays.


Last Updated: January 14, 2020

English-Creative Writing Track (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 hours must be completed at Auburn.
  • At least 18 hours must be at the 4000-level or above.
  • No more than 6 hours may be at the 2000 level.
  • Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a ‘C’ or better in any course counted toward the English major.


Gateway Course: 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 hours)

Major Core (9 hours)

  • Group I: Globalism, Sustainability and Diversity Course (3)
    • 3710 Survey of African American Literature
    • 3850 Study in London
    • 3870 World English Literature
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4450 African‐American Literature
    • 4710 Topics in Gender and Literature
    • 4720 Topics in Minority Voices and Literature
    • 4740 Environment, Literature and Culture
  • Group II: Linguistics or Rhetoric Course (3)
    • 3110 Survey of Linguistics
    • 3120 Survey of Rhetoric
    • 4140 Language Variation
    • 4150 Topics in Language Study
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
    • 5410 History of the English Language
  • 4000‐level Literature Course (3)

Major Track (15 hours)

  • 4200 Fiction Writing I (3)
  • 4210 Fiction Writing II (3)
  • 4220 Poetry Writing I (3)
  • 4230 Poetry Writing II (3)
  • Capstone Course: 4240 Special Projects in Creative Writing (3)

Major Electives (9 hours)

     Three additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 3000-level or above


Professorial Faculty

Other Faculty

Nathaniel Vincent, class of 2016:

“From the time I enrolled in my first writing class at Auburn, I received the support I needed. I took more classes and truly progressed with my writing. I began to attend the Third Thursday Series, where I was able to interact with premier writers. I observed their readings and attended their workshops. I even began to read at the open mike sessions. At these events I quickly realized a strong and thriving writing community was present in Auburn. Many of the students, who were at first strangers, have become my dearest friends and richest sources of inspiration. The teachers and faculty have been in every way dedicated to fostering my progress as a student and a writer. I became an assistant editor for Southern Humanities Review, and have received invaluable guidance. Every member of the writing community, be it teacher, student, faculty, or even Auburn citizen, met me with passion, focus and support. I am humbled and in awe as I look back on how easily I became a part of the community, how quickly my writing progressed, and how lucky I am to have ended up here.” 

There are many Creative Writing resources at Auburn, such as these:

  • The Southern Humanities Review, a nationally recognized literary quarterly
  • Third Thursday, a monthly series of poetry readings at The Jules Collins Smith Art Museum
  • Spring Sessions, a special event featuring workshops and readings :
  • The Circle, a student run literary magazine
  • The English Club, the student organization for all English majors, which hosts an open house and workshops each semester, and an annual picnic for students and faculty
  • Miller Writing Center, a center that offers academic support as well as hosting writing activities for students
  • Professional editing courses, offered by our strong program in technical and professional communication

Additional elements in the vibrant literary scene in Auburn include:

  • Poetry Out Loud, a local team organized by a faculty member that competes in the national contest encouraging young people to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation
  • Video-poems created through collaborations between graphic design and poetry classes 
  • Broadsides of poems written by students to commemorate the 50th anniversary of integration at Auburn printed and displayed around campus
  • Collaborations with the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

We sponsor a range of excellent writers who visit campus to give readings.  Some of these writers include: Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Dan Albergotti, Molly Antopol, Brian Barker, Elizabeth Bradfield, Tina Mozelle Braziel, Jericho Brown, Nickole Brown, Robin Behn, Jennifer Chang, Jessica Cornelson, Tom Crawford, Geffrey Davis, Kendra DeColo, Natalie Diaz, Hali Felt, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Cristina Garza, David Gessner, Joy Harjo, Richie Hoffman, John Hoppenthaler, Peter Kline, Michael Knight, Cecilia Llompart, Joanie Majkowski, Taylor Mali, James Davis May, Michael Martone, L. S. McKee, Brittany Perham, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Janisse Ray, Adrienne Rich, Steve Scafidi, Martha Serpas, Lauren Slaughter, Matthew Siegel, R. T. Smith, Gloria Steinhem, Darin Strauss, Jeanie Thompson, Richard Tillinghast, Natasha Trethewey, Jon Tribble, Jean Valentine, Adam Vines, Frank X. Walker, Kevin Wilson, and Ann Fisher-Wirth. 

Our students have gone on to attend graduate programs at University of California - Los Angeles, University of Florida, University of Indiana - Bloomington, University of Iowa, Seattle University, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, University of Miami, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, University of South Carolina, University of Illinois, and University of Washington, among others.

Current students also attend the Stadler Center’s Seminar for Younger Poets at Bucknell University, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and have internships working with organizations such as the BOA Editions, a literary publisher.

For more information

Craig Bertolet
Director of Undergraduate Studies
8064 Haley Center


Last Updated: January 14, 2020