Department of English

Creative Writing

Creative Writing as a degree will stretch your imagination.

Get individual attention from experienced professors dedicated to taking your writing to the next level.

What does our program offer?

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction
  • Playwrighting
  • Experienced Faculty
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Publishing Opportunities
  • A thriving graduate program
  • Student Invitational Readings
  • Biannual Reading Series featuring visiting authors - see the Spring 2015 schedule here

Moon City Review 2014

Students have the opportunity to work for - and publish in - our international literary magazine.

Learn more about Moon City.

Why choose creative writing?

Career and Education Opportunities:

This is a pre-professional, 36-hour degree, designed to prepare you to pursue an advanced degree, such as the Master of Fine Arts degree or a PhD.Graduates of Missouri State’s creative writing program go on to teach English and creative writing at the college level.Others find that a background in creative writing has prepared them for a career in K-12 education, journalism, the professional writing sector, and numerous other possibilities.                                                                      

Gain Expert Experience:

Our program offers unique, professional experiences to develop your work and explore the writing life, whether you're pursuing a minor, Bachelor's degree, or Master's. Participate in student readings and Open Mic events on campus, work for our acclaimed literary journal, enter annual student writing contests and retreats, and take classes which offer small, student-centered workshops.

Want to know more? Contact us! We're happy to discuss our exciting program with incoming students or anyone who is interested in purusing a major or minor.

Our Faculty

Whether you're interested in writing short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novels, or some combination of all of the above, our Creative Writing teachers have the experience you're looking for. Find out more about our faculty's interests, accomplishments, and publications here.

Student and Alumni Achievements

Our students find great success in the writing world, from publications in journals and magazines, numerous awards and nominations, acceptance to prestigious MFA and PhD programs, and more. See what current students and alumni are up to.

Poet Brett Ralph speaking at MSU

Brett Ralph reads from his book "Black Sabbatical."