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Scott Ward
Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Career Opportunities

While we give students the time and freedom to explore their art, we also pay attention to career tracks and opportunities. The Creative Writing major is especially suited for minors and double majors and individual interests that range across the college curriculum. Our students take a great variety of courses as they strive to make their avocations and their vocations one. Creative Writing students have gone on to careers in media and newspaper reporting, designing software for interactive fiction, the hospitality industry, educational assessment, technical writing, management, counseling, teaching at all levels, editing and the law.

A few noteworthy graduates of our program:

Dennis Lehane
Author of A Drink Before the War; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; Coronado; and The Given Day.

James W. Hall
Author of Under Cover of Daylight, Tropical Freeze, Bones of Coral, Hard Aground, Mean High Tide, Gone Wild, Buzz Cut, Red Sky at Night, Body Language, Rough Draft, Blackwater Sound, Hot Damn, Off the Chart, and Forests of the Night.

H. John Maier, Sr.
Freelance journalist and photographer for Time magazine.

Greg Byrd
Assistant Professor, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater.

Melanie Neale
USCG Master's Licensed Captain, Freelance Writer, and Media Relations & Event Coordinator for Bluewater Charts & Books.

Karl M. Braun
Attorney at Law


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.