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Creative Writing

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Dan Albergotti

Coastal Carolina’s English Department offers a variety of courses in creative writing at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Students can begin their study in the university core curriculum by choosing to take English 201: Introduction to Creative Writing, a course for beginning writers in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.  English 301: Creative Writing Workshop is a multi-genre course based on the workshop model designed to benefit both beginning writers and those with moderate experience.

At the intermediate level, the department offers three courses—English 362, English 365, and English 368—that focus on developing creative writers’ skills at reading and writing in three genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, respectively).  These intermediate courses embrace the philosophy that good writers must be good readers, and that the particular way a creative writer reads a literary text is different from the way a literary critic does.

At the upper level, students may select from three advanced single-genre workshop courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry: English 462, English 465, and English 468.  These courses apply the workshop model to student writing in each genre for the entire semester.

At the graduate level, students in the Master of Arts in Writing program take ENGL 603: Special Topics in Forms of Creative Writing and may also take a graduate Fiction Writing Workshop (ENGL 652), a Creative Nonfiction Workshop (ENGL 655), and a Poetry Writing Workshop (ENGL 658), as well as courses in composition and rhetoric, editing and publishing, and various special topics.  

In addition to coursework, students can learn about writing through attending events in the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, which brings 4-6 accomplished writers to campus for public readings and receptions each year.  The series has featured such extraordinary writers as Alan Shapiro, Jill McCorkle, Paul Guest, Hannah Tinti, Edward Hirsch, and Natasha Trethewey.

The creative writing faculty in the department includes:

  • Dan Albergotti, author of the poetry collection The Boatloads, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions (2008)
  • Jason Ockert, author of the short story collections Rabbit Punches and Neighbors of Nothing, which won the 2011 Dzanc Books story collection contest and will be published by Dzanc in 2013; 
  • Joe Oestreich, author of the memoir Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor-League Rock and Roll (2012)