Creative Writing and the English Major
Once or twice every semester, the department’s University Reading Series brings up-and-coming poets, fiction writers, performance artists, and memoirists to campus. These writers spend time working with the students in our writing classes before giving public readings in the evenings, and they frequently socialize with our students and writing faculty after the day’s work is finished. The department also provides technical support and faculty advising for Esprit, the literary magazine published by University of Scranton students. One former managing editor of Esprit is currently an acquisitions editor for W.W. Norton in New York City, & another was currently named managing editor of the literary magazine at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (where she is also a student).
So why don’t we have a Creative Writing major? First, we believe that anyone who wishes to produce truly outstanding creative work over the long run must begin by reading widely and well. Everyone in our department who teaches creative writing also teaches literature courses. If you plan to take creative writing courses at the University of Scranton, you should plan to do some serious reading as well.
Second, we recognize that in today’s cultural and economic environment, the odds are very steeply against any individual who hopes to make a living as a creative writer. Like our students (and their parents), we understand that young people no longer have the luxury of finishing four years of college and finding themselves only marginally more employable than they were when they first arrived on campus. We see our program in Creative Writing as a way of helping our students not just to become writers, but rather to become doctors who write poetry, teachers who write stories, and lawyers who write not just for the courts and the law journals but for the small literary journals as well.For more information, please contact Prof. Jay Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-941-7427.