Georgia State University

Georgia, United States

Residential program

The Georgia State University Department of English’s Creative Writing Program offers diverse and challenging educational experiences in the literary arts. Our award-winning faculty of poets and fiction writers mentor undergraduate and graduate students who come to GSU to study the craft and art of writing, and to prepare for careers in writing, publishing, and academia.

We award the PhD in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (one of the top 15 in the US, as ranked by Poets & Writers); the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; the Master of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing; and the BA in English, Concentration in Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Program students enjoy the benefits of living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture, and great art, music, and food. Our students come from all over—Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, California, Nebraska, and even Georgia. Those students publish novels and collections of poems and stories, place work in top literary magazines, and win important prizes, fellowships, and contests.

Our faculty includes David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, and Leon Stokesbury in poetry, and John Holman, and Sheri Joseph, and Josh Russell in fiction. Every member of the Creative Writing Program faculty has published with top commercial, independent, or university presses two or more books that have received significant critical attention, and has received two or more major awards, honors, or fellowships, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Poets’ Prize, the Walt Whitman Award, The Grub Street National Book Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

The Georgia State University Department of English and Creative Writing Program is home to the award-winning Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, and the student-edited literary magazine New South.

The Creative Writing Program’s Events Series brings to campus nationally and internationally known writers who give public readings and lectures and meet with students for workshops and Q&A sessions. Recent visitors have included Lydia Davis, Jim Crace, ZZ Packer, Aleksandar Hemon, Tom Franklin, Colson Whitehead, Hannah Tinti, Stuart Dybek, Lauren Groff, Edward Hirsch, Heidi Julavits, and Percival Everett.

Please view our Facebook page (facebook.com/gsucreativewriting) and Twitter feed (@gsucw) for news, notes, and events.

Contact Information

25 Park Place, 23rd Floor
Dept of English
Atlanta
Georgia, United States
30303
Phone: (404) 413-5848
Email: heather@gsu.edu
english.gsu.edu



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Josh Russell
Director of the Creative Writing Program
Georgia, United States
Email: josh@gsu.edu

Please visit english.gsu.edu for up-to-date information.

Largest Class Size: 20
Smallest Class Size: 18
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours

Graduate Program Director

Josh Russell
Director of the Creative Writing Program
Georgia, United States
Email: josh@gsu.edu
Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Total Units for Degree: 48
Other Requirements: Foreign language exam and a final MFA exam; thesis completed under a director with the approval of a second and third reader.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter

Graduate Program Director

Josh Russell
Director of the Creative Writing Program
Georgia, United States
Email: josh@gsu.edu
Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 5 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Other Requirements: Foreign language exam and a final MFA exam; thesis completed under a director with the approval of a second and third reader.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

David Bottoms

David Bottoms' poetry collections are Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, winner of the Walt Whitman Award, In a U-Haul North of Damascus, Under the Vulture Tree, Armored Hearts, Vagrant Grace, and Waltzing Through the Endtime. His novels are Any Cold Jordan and Easter Weekend.

http://english.gsu.edu


Beth Gylys

Beth Gylys' books are Bodies that Hum, winner of the Gerald Cable First Book Award, and Spot in the Dark, winner of Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry.

http://english.gsu.edu


Sheri Joseph

Sheri Joseph is the author of the novels Where You Can Find Me and Stray, and the cycle of stories Bear Me Safely Over, and has been awarded the Grub Street National Book Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.

http://english.gsu.edu


John Holman

John Holman is the author of Squabble and Other Stories and the novel Luminous Mysteries, and winner of a Whiting Writers' Award.

http://english.gsu.edu


Josh Russell

Josh Russell is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the author of the novels Yellow Jack, My Bright Midnight, and A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag.

http://english.gsu.edu


Leon Stokesbury

Leon Stokesbury's poetry collections are Often in Different Landscapes, co-winner of the first Associated Writing Programs Poetry Competition, The Drifting Away, and Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems, winner of the Poets' Prize.

http://english.gsu.edu





COMMUNITY

Recent visitors have included Lydia Davis, Jim Crace, ZZ Packer, Aleksandar Hemon, Tom Franklin, Colson Whitehead, Hannah Tinti, Stuart Dybek, Lauren Groff, Edward Hirsch, Heidi Julavits, and Percival Everett.