Students in English and Creative Writing Studies read diverse authors from a wide range of histories and cultural traditions, produce and workshop their own creative writing, develop effective writing skills and critical thinking skills, and prepare for a wide range of rewarding career paths.
Did You Know?
Learn to craft compelling fiction, from flash fiction to longer forms, in Fiction Writing.
- Encounter the very latest in contemporary American and International poetry in Poetry Writing.
- Study the Global Middle Ages and learn about the Crusades, Arthurian legends, and Game of Thrones.
- Read Science Fiction and learn about the history of the genre.
- Be inspired by the powerful ways literature can speak out against racism, sexism, and other social inequalities in Rise Up!: Protest and Dissent in American Literature.
- Explore the history of monsters from Beowulf’s Grendel to vampires to Ridley Scott’s aliens in Our Monsters, Ourselves.
- Learn Shakespeare like you have never seen him before.
- Discover the connections among Literature, Medicine, and Culture.
- And so much more!
Meet the Faculty
Tom Blake teaches medieval literature, pop culture medievalism, and gender studies.
Meg Brandl teaches creative writing workshops and courses in contemporary literature.
Alex Garganigo, English Department Chair, studies Shakespeare, early British literature, and science fiction.
Greg Kinzer specializes in poetry, poetics, and literary theory.
Lisha Storey is the Director of the Scarbrough Writing Center, working collaboratively with students and faculty.
Virginia Wood, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, specializes in diverse American literatures and creative writing.
Meet the 'Roos Who Write
Majors: English & Communications M.F.A, Southern Methodist University Professor of Theater at Santa Clara University I am a Professor of Theatre Arts and a professional actor. I served as Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Santa Clara University, and Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre of San Francisco, which makes works by and… [Read More]
Jennifer Wenzel ’90 completed majors in history and English at Austin College, and her career is an excellent response for the common question of what graduates do with an English career. A member of the faculty at Columbia University, Jennifer travels, teaches, and brings ideas to the top so others may also learn. She is… [Read More]
Kim Powers ’79 may have expected to walk through a stage door somewhere in New York City; opportunity came knocking in an unlikely way at an unlikely place. Years later, Kim has received an Emmy and a Peabody award for his writing in 9/11 coverage for Good Morning America. His acclaimed memoir, The History of… [Read More]
Robert Lewis ’78, who writes as his alter ego Robert Stikmanz, has followed his dreams. And as a “non-fiction fantasy writer” you could say he is living the dream. Stikmanz’s novels, based on a culture of his own design, get deeper and more intricate as they go. Stikmanz is multi-talented in video production, illustration, writing,… [Read More]
Lisa Fain ’91 is the creator of the food blog Homesick Texan. Since she was blogging before blogging was cool, she established herself early in the food blogging world. She recently completed a book tour with her latest cookbook, The Homesick Texan’s Family Table and earlier wrote The Homesick Texan Cookbook. The winner of the… [Read More]
Deborah Crombie graduated in 1977 from Austin College with a degree in biology. But life takes turns, like a mystery unfolding. Her graduate work and travel revealed a passion for England—and for writing. Her liberal arts degree helped equip her with the discipline to pursue it. With her fictional characters Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and… [Read More]