Students in the English Major and Minor can choose a creative writing emphasis, taking courses and workshops in fiction writing, poetry writing, nonfiction writing, nature writing, and editing, in addition to studying classic and contemporary literature. Students have the chance to study with faculty writers who have published award-winning novels, books of poetry, short story collections and nonfiction books.
Faculty members here have also been awarded prestigious fellowships from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Altoona student writers benefit from from interactions with our Emerging Writer in Residence, and from a regular slate of prominent visiting writers (recent visitors include Richard Russo, Ethelbert Miller, Joy Harjo, Lewis Nordan, Kate Daniels, and David Bradley.) We have an energetic and exciting student literary magazine (Hard Freight) and student newspaper, and there are opportunities for creative writers to do editing internships. Though our English major is relatively new, we have already seen our writing emphasis students go on to graduate school at Bowling Green, University of Minnesota, and Vermont College, and publish their prose and poetry in books and magazines.
Contact:Ms. Erin C. Murphy
Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities
Office: 212 Hawthorn Building