Creative Writing at CSU
At Columbus State, students have the opportunity to work with our award-winning creative writing faculty who have distinguished national reputations. Creative writing students work towards a BA/English with a concentration in creative writing. This includes workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting, culminating in capstone presentations. The creative writing track offers many opportunities for professionalization; students can work for the undergraduate literary journal, the Arden, which has regularly won best magazine awards. There are also two prominent reading series: The David Diamond Reading and Recital Series; and the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Students can also participate in monthly meetings of the Creative Writing Club, and our student reading series.
Each spring, students are eligible to submit their writing for the Carson McCullers Literary Awards, which includes: the Sara Ayres Jordan Endowed Prizes in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; the Brick Road Poetry Prize; and the Naartiie Multimedia Prize. We also conduct the McCullers Awards for high school students. In addition to working for the Arden, undergraduates can gain editing experience working for the multicultural imprint, 2040 Books, and for DLJ Books (which publishes a title each year as part of a national writing contest). Every other year, we offer the opportunity for students to take a travel writing class, which includes an alternative spring break service trip—the Spring 2020 destination is Guatemala, to help build a school in a remote village. We regularly bring students to the Southern Literary Festival, which is held in various locales in the spring. Our faculty also offers consultations for students wishing to pursue an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) graduate degree at other institutions. The city of Columbus' uptown area has great coffee shops, restaurants, and spaces for readings and other performances; there are many reasons why CSU is becoming the destination program for creative writing in the state of GA.
We welcome visits to campus, where you can sit in on a writing workshop and meet with a faculty member. Please contact:
Dr. Nick Norwood
Dr. Scott Wilkerson
Dr. Allen Gee