The Creative Writing Program at ESU

The Creative Writing Program at Emporia State University offers friendly, student-focused instruction in small, workshop-based courses across a range of genres and literary activities. Classes are open to undergraduate and graduate students regardless of major, with courses ranging in skill level from introductory to advanced in a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction prose. For more information about classes, check out the course descriptions

The program also offers significant opportunities for involvement outside of class. A short play festival produced entirely by students features student plays. The Quivira literary club sponsors readings, dramatic productions, and other events. Each semester the Creative Writing Program presents a diverse program of visiting writers. Their performances and master classes mentor students and strengthen the literary community both on and off of the ESU campus. 

The Creative Writing Program offers significant mentoring for academic, professional, and personal success. Students who Minor in Creative Writing have opportunities to pursue internships and field studies in writing, editing, publishing, and literary arts. Through the Donald Reichardt Center for Publishing and Literary Arts, the program sponsors:

·       Quivira student literary journal, where students publish their writing as well as gain editorial experience working on the staff. 

·        Flint Hills Review national literary journal, where students learn about literary publishing and serve on the editorial staff.

·        Many opportunities in literary citizenship, such as writing, publications, and literary arts on campus and in communities.

Get Feedback
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Write and Direct Your Own Plays
Write and Direct Your Own Plays
Develop your writing skills
Develop Your Skills as a Writer
Small Class Sizes
Our Small Class Sizes Help You Make Lasting Connections
Visiting Writers
Listen to and Learn From Visiting Writers
Share your work
Share Your Work with the Community