English - Creative Writing

EMPHASIS OF PROGRAM

The Creative Writing Program balances writing practice and literary study in the context of a liberal arts education. Students work closely with our faculty of published writers and often have the opportunity to work with other renowned writers as part of the SMSU Visiting Writers Series. The flexibility of the program allows students to choose courses which suit their needs, goals, and interests. Specific courses are chosen by students with the advice and approval of their advisors and the Director of Creative Writing. Senior creative writing majors are required to enroll in the one-credit Senior Portfolio Workshop during the Fall Semester of their final year. This is an excellent area of study for those interested in double-majoring. English majors have their own lounge, the Holm & Dacey Lounge, which houses a lending library of books and literary magazines.

AN ENGLISH WITH CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS MAJOR SHOULD...

Students should read a broad spectrum of classic and contemporary literature, as well as have experience writing fiction, poetry, personal essays, and/or dramatic scripts.


Where You Belong!

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ACTIVITIES

  • The Spur (SMSU student newspaper): a chance for students to practice writing for the campus audience
  • Writing Center: upper-class students are eligible to become tutors
  • Scholarship/Mentorship: allows students to work one-on-one with SMSU faculty while receiving tuition reimbursement
  • Perceptions: a literary and arts journal for students to have their works published
  • The English Club: students attend regional and national writing conferences, as well as plan writing-related events
  • Readings and Open Mic Events: students may read their own writing or hear the writing of nationally-known writers
  • Marshall Festival: opportunities to see numerous readings, panels, and discussions with regional and nationally-known authors, as well as volunteer to work in various aspects behind-the-scenes
  • Creating Spaces: students serve as the first-tier judges for an annual creative writing contest for 3rd to 12th grade students in the 18-county region

SMSU is proud of our graduates who are award-winning authors: Barton Sutter, David Jauss, Stephanie Dickinson, Scott Wrobel, & Dana Yost

FACILITIES & SERVICES

Well-equipped computer labs across campus provide students with computing resources that support writing and electronic research. Students also have access to e-mail and the Internet via our Macintosh and PC labs. The SMSU Writing Center is available to help writers from all disciplines.

The McFarland Library gives students access to research, books, and other materials needed for every class. In addition, it has many online movies and music CDs for borrowing. It is also a great place to study alone or with classmates in private study rooms.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

SMSU offers an array of academic scholarships thanks to the generosity of SMSU Alumni, SMSU donors, our regional partners, and SMSU faculty. Prospective English students benefit from English-related scholarships as they enter into their course of study at SMSU. Additionally, there are many scholarships for returning students. For more information regarding scholarships available to prospective English students, email epshdept@SMSU.edu or visit www.smsu.edu/scholarships.

  • Leo Dangel Creative Writing and Literature Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors
  • Mary & Jack Hickerson Endowed Scholarship for a non-traditional student
  • Walter L. Mann Endowed Scholarship for a student tutor at the Writing Center
  • University Gala Fine Arts Endowment for creative writing majors of sophomore or above status with a strong GPA
  • William Whipple Arts and Humanities Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Teaching
  • Editing and publishing
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Freelance Writing
  • Technical writing for businesses, non-profits and government

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CONTACT INFORMATION

English Program - Office

BA 221, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

ACADEMIC COMMONS

The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.

FRESHMAN ADMISSION PROCESS

  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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