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Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Program Overview

The Writer’s Workshop at Eckerd College

The Writer’s Workshop at Eckerd College offers a unique blend of hands on studio style workshops, where student writing is the center of study, and encourages students, through Literature courses, to read, analyze and engage with a broad range of literary art.

Each year professors in creative writing offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and journalism to familiarize students with the craft of creative writing. Professors then guide students as they produce and revise their own poems, stories, essays, and articles.


What makes The Writer’s Workshop at Eckerd College particularly unique is its emphasis on building a community among its students, one that fosters friendship, professional training, and mentoring aimed to prepare students for their time at Eckerd College as well as life after they they leave the academy.

Each semester The Writer’s Workshop holds student/faculty readings that provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work and gain experience at performing in front of an audience.

Also, each year, the workshop brings visiting writers who offer guest workshops for seniors in the creative writing capstone. Also seniors from the capstone course read at Epigraphy, our annual capstone reading.

Students are also encouraged to work on The Eckerd Review, the college literary magazine, and/or The Current, the college newspaper, where they gain experience in editing, designing, and marketing from a publishing perspective.


Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers. Interested students should follow the Creative Writing Award Submission Guidelines Located on the Financial Aid Home Page under Scholarships and Artistic Achievement Awards and mail all pertinent materials prior to the application deadline.

Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers' conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.