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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

Special Events and Trips

Creative Writing Students form bonds that begin in the classroom and last a lifetime. Coming from all over the United States and from many other countries, our students enjoy traveling abroad and exploring local literary hot spots nearby.

Haslam's Bookstore

No stay at Eckerd College is complete without visiting "Florida's largest new and used bookstore." Conveniently located near downtown St. Petersburg, this place is a book lover's dream come true.

The Hemingway Hike

Writing students often travel to the Hemingway house where the descendents of his cats still roam. Roughly seven hours away by car, the trip to Key West has been a source of inspiration for many and a new-found motivation to continue writing.

Cross Creek

Join the thousands who visit the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic site each year. See the land that inspired the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Yearling and the highly praised, Cross Creek.

Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

Visit Eatonville and surrounding parts in Orange County, Florida. The festival includes guided tours, lectures, a street festival of arts, film screenings, and so much more.

The Miami Book Fair

Held annually in downtown Miami, this event features a week of evening readings in mid-November and culminates with a street fair and readings for every reader's taste. Downtown Miami is lined with books and this makes the four hour drive worth it.

Visiting Writers

Writers of distinction come to Eckerd College to offer readings and workshops. A list of recent visitors includes poets Laure-Ann Bosselaar, Fred Chappell, Silvia Curbelo, Stephen Dunn, Beth Ann Fennelly, Gary Gildner, Dana Gioia, Terrance Hayes, Carl Hiaasen (pictured), Meg Kearney, Dionisio Martinez, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Tom Perrotta, Richard Price and Dave Smith; novelists, A. Manette Ansay, Jack Driscoll, Tom Franklin, John Fowles (in London), Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Roland Merullo, Thisbe Nissen, and Les Standiford; screenwriter Brian Helgeland; journalist Mark Bowden; and nonfiction writers Nick Flynn, Ann Hood, David Simon, and Michael Steinberg.


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.