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Creative Writing Studies

Major & Minor

Do you love writing to express yourself? As a creative writing student at Austin College, you will learn how to craft effective stories and poems, build new worlds, and connect to your audience in powerful ways. You will enjoy small workshop classes, hands-on feedback from expert instructors, and opportunities to explore the landscape of publishing. Come and join our vibrant community of writers. Everyone has a story to tell. 

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Not Desi Enough

Not Desi Enough

Sonia Charales

Honors Thesis: Poetry Collection


to tell, for the sake of the birds

to tell, for the sake of the birds

Carrie Johnson

Honors Thesis: Poetry and Nonfiction Collection


“Build That Wall"? The Price of a Part-Time Citizenship

“Build That Wall"? The Price of a Part-Time Citizenship

Larry Ramirez-Quintana

Honors Thesis: Poetry and Prose Collection


The Secret I Was

The Secret I Was

Leslie Erwin

Honors Thesis: YA Novel


Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Being a great writer

is about joining a community, publishing your work, and learning how to think critically about your own writing. Your four-year academic experience will strengthen and refine your skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. With a degree in creative writing studies, upon graduation you will be prepared to: 

  • act as a responsible and valuable member of a community of readers and writers 
  • express yourself in writing for a variety of contexts and audiences   
  • explore ideas from a variety of perspectives with empathy and intellectual curiosity  
  • engage in effective revision of your ideas 
  • write in a wide range of genres and styles 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

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Our Professionalism and the Humanities (PATH) program helps you build career-ready skills, explore the real-world career paths of successful recent alumni, and incorporate project-based learning into your courses that allow you to work with community organizations, develop exhibitions, and learn about the publishing process. 

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Suspension is Austin College’s entirely student-led literary magazine. Published once a year in print, Suspension highlights poetry, prose, and art created by Austin College students. Editorial staff are involved in every step of the publication process, from advertising open submissions, judging contest entries, selecting works for publication, and creating the final magazine layout. 

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Meet our Faculty

Dr. Greg Kinzer

Dr. Greg Kinzer

Professor of English, Dean of Humanities
Dr. Lisha Storey

Dr. Lisha Storey

Assistant Professor of Writing, Director of Scarbrough Writing Center
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Popular Courses

  • Fiction Writing 
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