Bradley University

Illinois, United States

Residential program

Bradley's creative writing minor combines workshop experience with readings in literature and arts. We believe good writers read. Students take 4 workshops among poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and script writing. Students also choose surveys or focused readings that emphasize the aesthetics of writers reading as writers.

Among the program's unique offerings are script writing workshops team-taught by Bradley faculty and Hollywood writers who graduated from Bradley. Also, students edit the Broadside literary journal and organize a student reading series. Each year, students study writing via our Visiting Writers Series, including both emerging and prominent authors such as Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dean Young, Naomi Shahib Nye, Tony Hoagland, and John Updike.

Faculty members are practicing writers who understand the art form and the mechanics of the marketplace. Contests reward student work via the Academy of American Poets Prize and the $500 Sipple poetry award. Our undergrads have successfully published their works in national journals such as Fifth Wednesday Journal, Rockford Review, The Dirty Napkin, Susquehanna Review, and many others.

Contact Information

1501 W. Bradley Ave.
English Dept.
Peoria
Illinois, United States
61625
Phone: (309) 677-2471
Email: lnewton@fsmail.bradley.edu
http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/english/programs/cwminor/



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Kevin Stein
Coordinator of Creative Writing
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria
Illinois, United States
61625
Email: kstein@bradley.edu
URL: bradley.edu/poet/stein

The BA with Creative Writing option encourages students to pursue their own writing while engaging the work of writers from diverse cultures and time periods. The goal is for students to refine their individual skills, informed by a broad aesthetic and cultural background. Students may choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting, up to 18 s/hrs. This work culminates in a Creative Project, a portfolio compilation of the student's own poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or screenwriting. Students will find that the campus literary and arts magazine, Broadside, is entirely edited and designed by our strong community of student writers and visual artists. That coalition of writers and artists also organizes and directs its own series of student readings and art displays. In addition, the English Department sponsors a Visiting Writers Series which brings to campus outstanding writers such as Rita Dove, Robert Coover, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, and John Updike. Finally, the department offers two yearly competitions: the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Sipple Poetry Award, the latter awarding $500 to the winning student.\nBradley's creative writing minor combines workshop experience with readings in literature and arts. We believe good writers read. Students take 4 workshops among poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and script writing. Students also choose surveys or focused readings that emphasize the aesthetics of writers reading as writers.

Among the program's unique offerings are script writing workshops team-taught by Bradley faculty and Hollywood writers who graduated from Bradley. Also, students edit a literary journal and organize a student reading series. Each year, students study writing via our Visiting Writers Series, including both emerging and prominent authors such as Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dean Young, Naomi Shahib Nye, Tony Hoagland, and John Updike.

Faculty members are practicing writers who understand the art form and the mechanics of the marketplace. Contests reward student work via the Academy of American Poets, the Ballowe Nonfiction award, and $500 Sipple poetry award. Our undergrads often publish work in national journals.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Tuition 25000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other: Creative Project may replace the Senior Project; university general education requirements totaling

Undergraduate Program Director

Kevin Stein
Coordinator of Creative Writing
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria
Illinois, United States
61625
Email: kstein@bradley.edu
URL: bradley.edu/poet/stein

Bradley's creative writing minor combines workshop experience with readings in literature and arts. We believe good writers read. Students take 4 workshops among poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and script writing. Students also choose surveys or focused readings that emphasize the aesthetics of writers reading as writers.

Among the program's unique offerings are script writing workshops team-taught by Bradley faculty and Hollywood writers who graduated from Bradley. Also, students edit a literary journal and organize a student reading series. Each year, students study writing via our Visiting Writers Series, including both emerging and prominent authors such as Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dean Young, Naomi Shahib Nye, Tony Hoagland, and John Updike.

Faculty members are practicing writers who understand the art form and the mechanics of the marketplace. Contests reward student work via the Academy of American Poets, the Ballowe Nonfiction award, and $500 Sipple poetry award. Our undergrads often publish work in national journals.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Tuition $26,000
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: Creative Project may replace the Senior Project; university general education requirements totaling 40 s/hrs; proficiency in one foreign language for B.A. or equivalent course work in science and/or technology for B.S..

Graduate Program Director

Kevin Swafford
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Email: swafford@bradley.edu

Students choosing our MA with Writing option find extensive exposure to the practice and theory of creative writing. Our program offers workshop experience in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting, as well as the opportunity for related independent study. Our workshops are small, designed to maximize individual attention, and to welcome varied approaches to writing. Students combine this focus on writing with broad study of literature and theory of writing. Our goal is to enable students to design a program of study that not only meets their individual creative needs but also provides means to study literature from a range of aesthetic, cultural, and theoretical perspectives. The assumption is that good writers read, and this program encourages students to do just that. Most importantly, the modest size of the program ensures that each student's work receives considerable personal attention from faculty members.

The Visiting Writers Series brings in both emerging and established writers, all of whom meet with students and workshops in addition to the usual public reading of their work.

Internships require students to work closely with creative writing faculty in designing and leading creative writing workshops. The program awards assistantships which offer students opportunities to work as writing liaisons to the Colleges of Business and Engineering and to instruct in the campus writing center.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 8
Smallest Class Size: 8
Genres: Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Total Units for Degree: 32
Other Requirements: Students intern in creative writing, literature, and comp courses. They assist faculty in course design, presentation, and evaluation of student performance. Students take two qualifying exams focused on their specific courses of study.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Kevin Stein

Poetry Collections: A Circus of Want, Bruised Paradise, Chance Ransom, American Ghost Roses, Sufficiency of the Actual, and Wrestling Li Po for the Remote. Criticism and Essays: Poetry's Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age.; Private Poets, Worldly Acts; and James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man. Anthologies edited: Illinois Voices (with G.E. Murray) and Bread & Steel. Serves as Illinois Poet Laureate

http://www.bradley.edu/las/eng/faculty/bios/stein.shtml


Thomas Palakeel

A native of India, Dr. Thomas Palakeel joined the English department in 1993. He earned undergraduate degrees in English and American literature from Loyola College, Chennai and St. Thomas College, Pala, India, and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Eastern Washington University. At Bradley, he teaches fiction, screenwriting, argumentative writing, British Literature and Literatures of Asia. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in several anthologies and in Journal of Modern Literature, Manoa, Short Story International, North Dakota Quarterly, Yatra, and the Christian Science Monitor. His current research and writing interests include postcolonial literature, lyric poetry, the English Renaissance, Buddhist literature and Malayalam language.

http://www.bradley.edu/las/eng/faculty/bios/palakeel.shtml


Demetrice Worley

ed. African American Literature, ed. Spirit and Flame and Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle...and Other Modern Verse, anthology

http://www.demetriceworley.com/


Lee Newton

has had poems published in Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, and other publications

http://www.bradley.edu/las/eng/faculty/bios/newton.shtml


Devin Murphy

Professor Murphy's recent short fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Cimarron Review, The Pinch, Notre Dame Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, New Ohio Review and The Southeast Review as well as over thirty other literary journals and anthologies.

His writing awards include winning The Atlantic's 2009 and 2010 Student Writing Contests and earning finalist honors for his short story collection in the Iowa Short Fiction Book Award.

http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/english/faculty/profile.dot?id=decf4902-b227-46df-9cbd-dbf5d2a4430e





COMMUNITY

John Updike, Yusef Komunyakaa, Billy Collins, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Robert Coover, Kim Addonizio, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Maura Stanton, Jonis Agee, David Wojahn, Richard Burgin, Dean Young, Tony Hoagland, Marc Smith, David Hernandez, Christian Wiman, Raymond Federman, William Olsen, Nancy Eimers, Frank X Walker, Allison Joseph, Naomi Shahib Nye, Rodney Jones, and many others within a series dating from 1984 to the present.