Hone your craft with the pros

Start a life-long apprenticeship in the literary arts

The creative writing program that nurtured Dennis Lehane, best-selling author and HBO writer/producer, is now accepting applications. But you don’t have to be gunning for a Hollywood contract to enroll. Our liberal arts graduates also go on to M.F.A. programs and careers in journalism, media, PR, editing and publishing, counseling and software design.

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Writers in Paradise

Spend 8 days in workshops with writers like Andre Dubus III, Anne Hood, Laura Lippman, Lori Roy, Stewart O’Nan, David Yoo and Laura Williams McCaffrey. This conference is held on our Florida campus every January.

Facetime with famous authors

You’ll also have the chance to meet and talk with other celebrated writers including Stephen King, Carl Hiaasen, Julianna Baggott and Mark Bowden. These and other literary lights give talks here throughout the year.

Get help paying for college

Need help with finances? In addition to the academic scholarships we hand out upon application, you can apply for the Artistic Achievement Award.

Creative Writing major Mackenna Cummings '15

In Their Own Words

“I was able to grow and take risks with my writing that I don’t believe I would have done at another college. I spent months in different countries studying subjects that were not my major and each of these trips impacted me as a student and as a writer. Whether you write for the award-winning newspaper, study abroad, mentor other students, or volunteer at local schools, Eckerd can help you achieve goals you were unaware you even had.”
— Mackenna Cummings ’15

Beyond the Classroom

Creative Writing majors have interned on campus with our student newspaper, The Current, and our literary magazine, Eckerd Review. Another recent student was an editing intern at I Love the Burg, a creative agency in downtown St. Petersburg.

Pay it forward by tutoring with Journeys in Journalism. This community program teaches local elementary, middle and high school students how to be reporters, photographers, editors and page designers for their school newspapers.

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Spend a term living at our London Study Centre and studying the literature of Great Britain. Includes a week of travel and tickets to epic museums and theatre productions. Or choose from one of 300+ other destinations we offer every year.

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Eckerd is just a stone’s throw from some of America’s hottest literary landmarks and events. Check it out:

  • The Earnest Hemingway Home
  • The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings historic site
  • Miami Book Fair (November)
  • Zora Neale Hurston Festival (January)

Popular classes

Craft of Writing

This course reviews poetic and narrative language and introduces the concept of literary texture. Present what you write in class at public readings held on campus once a semester.

Writing Workshop: The Personal Essay

Learn about literary essays by reading masters like Harry Crews, Eudora Welty and Joan Didion. This class explores how to use imagination to shape format, technique and your own personal style.

End of the year senior reading for Creative Writing 2015 class

What can I do with a creative writing degree?

  • Business Manager
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Educational Assessor
  • Lawyer
  • Media and Newspaper Reporter
  • Software Designer of Interactive Fiction
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer

Where our Creative Writing majors go to graduate school

  • Chapman University
  • Emerson College
  • Florida International University
  • George Mason University
  • Hollins College
  • Indiana University
  • Stanford University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • The University of Miami
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Iowa Writers Workshop

Where our Creative Writing majors go to work