Creative Writing

Find your voice. Write your future.

Creative writing majors at Millsaps College pursue excellence in imaginative expression through written language in all its forms. Drawing inspiration from Mississippi’s rich literary tradition, they hone their craft by studying diverse cultural inheritances and historical contexts.
Why study Creative Writing at Millsaps?

In their own words

Kiana Everhart, Class of 2024

“I found everything I wanted in a creative writing program here. The classes are unique and engaging while still challenging me and pushing me outside my comfort zone. I love that this program simultaneously encourages my creativity while allowing me to hone my skills as a writer.”

Patricia Syner , Class of 2024

“I have been introduced to a wide array of texts that have challenged and broadened my understanding. The professors’ dedication to not only the material but also to the individual student’s interpretations and questions fosters a profound, interactive environment.”

Brittany Wilson, Class of 2024

“We grow in many ways as writers and creatives because of this department. Millsaps' Creative Writing Department is good, fertile soil for students who want to expand their writing horizons and blossom into the writers of our time.”

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

CRWT 2400 Intro to Creative Writing
Study the forms, techniques and processes of fiction, poetry or script writing by reading models and practicing their own writing. Students discuss their own writing in the context of readings from traditional and contemporary works.
CRWT 3760 Fiction Into Film
In this class you will write short stories, turn them into screenplays and use those screenplays as the foundation for an original short movie. Examine how others have created, molded and transformed literature into film.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Minor in Creative Writing

Publish in our award-winning literary magazine

The Stylus recently won the Southern Literary Festival Writing Competition.

Exciting Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding contemporary writers to campus for craft talks and public readings.

Digital Welty Research Lab

Learn humanities coding and web design skills to help tailor your creative interests to today’s technological world.

Our distinctive strengths

Discover your voice and prepare for a career as an author. Collaborate with peers who share your passion for writing as you build writing and communication skills coveted by today’s employers. You will engage with mentors on and off campus, and students can take advantage of our top-ranked study abroad with creative writing faculty.
  • Majors have undertaken novels and short story collections as participants in the Honors Program.
  • Courses in the workshop model build communities of writers that students can draw on for a lifetime of writing support.
  • Through the Digital Welty Research Lab, students can learn humanities coding and web design skills, which can help them tailor their creative interests to today’s technological world.

Gain hands-on experience

Millsaps students majoring in creative writing have had internships with the University Press of Mississippi, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the McMullan Young Writers Workshop, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, the Mississippi Arts+ Entertainment Museum, the Mississippi Braves, and the Digital Welty Lab.

Pathways

Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

All Millsaps students can take advantage of our study-abroad classes. Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study-abroad programs in the country! Creative writing majors might enjoy our Writing (In) Place class offered in the Yucatán.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Smith Robertson Museum
  • Teach for America
  • University of California-Davis Development and Alumni Relations
  • Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • Creative Distillery
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Mississippi Today
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation

Postgraduate Study

  • Bennington College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Jackson State University
  • Law school
  • Library school

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Journalism
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Publishing
  • Law

Related Areas of Study

  • Literature in English
  • Communication Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Self-Designed Major

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Faculty

Liz Egan

Liz Egan

Director of the Centers for Writing and Academic Success Lecturer, Creative Writing Director, McMullan Writers Workshops
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