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Creative Writing

Major • Minor

Read, write and rejoice.

Indulge your love of reading and polish your prose. When it comes to literary inspiration, our 27,000-acres of pure sublimity puts Walden Pond to shame. At the same time, the world’s largest campus is home to an intimate community built on mentorship and exchange. This means constant opportunities to have your work carefully considered—and to explore your fascinations to their fullest.

Reading critically and writing well are two of the most highly valued skills to any employer (in any profession). Understanding people and creative problem solving are two more. As a Creative Writing major, you’ll distinguish yourself by the strength of your discernment and expression.  

Creative Writing Students
Hands On

Small class sizes mean rare access to visiting writers and scholars—whether in workshops or one-on-one over lunch. Gain relevant experience through (paid) work for our newspaper, literary magazine, Writing Center, two campus museums or library.

English and Creative Writing FACULTY

Dr. Sandra Meek
Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing
Dr. Sandra Meek

Dr. Sandra Meek has taught writing at Berry since 1996 and is the founding member of Berry’s creative writing program. She has published more than 200 poems in literary journals and is the author of Still (Persea Books, 2020), named a “New & Noteworthy Poetry Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Other titles by Dr. Meek include An Ecology of Elsewhere (Persea, 2016), Road Scatter (Persea, 2012), Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2008), Burn (2005) and Nomadic Foundations (2002), as well as an edited anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark, 2007). A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has three times been awarded Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry and twice the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry.

Collaborative meeting
The World's Largest Muse

With 88 miles of trails and forest, stream, lake and mountain ecosystems, our 27,000-acre campus is a boon to writers and readers alike. Archives, museums, libraries, a community of fellow scholars and writers and glorious nature—it’s all here.

Creative Writing Courses

CRW 300
Writing for Online Environments

Learn the technical and rhetorical elements of writing in online environments, including how to present information in online formats for a variety of purposes, audiences and clients.

CRW 495 I
Writing about Place

Selected readings and advanced work in creative writing, poetry or prose, centered on landscape and the environment. May be offered as a residential or a study abroad course.

CRW 304
Introduction to Playwriting

Creation of original scripts for theatre; instruction in the craft of playwriting and guidance toward constructive self-criticism.

Creative Writing LIVES

Khanaja Scott

Khanaja Scott ’24, a creative writing major, stretched her skills writing fantasy and poetry but now leans toward a career as an editor. While serving as a student director at Berry’s writing center, she discovered how much she loves coaching others. Khanaja says, "Effective writing isn’t a secret code that some people are ingrained with at birth; it’s a skill like anything else that can be practiced and improved at any point."

Khanaja Scott

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