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 style by studying diverse cultural inheritances and historical contexts. The creative writing major’s emphasis on close reading and careful writing can serve as a platform for any number of professions: journalism, marketing and communications, publishing, and law, to name a few. Majors will also be well prepared for graduate study in creative writing.

  • Elizabeth E. Egan—Millsaps College

    Elizabeth E. Egan

    Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
    Writing Center Director

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    BA, University of Chicago; MFA, George Mason Unversity

    Liz Egan is a writing instructor and the Writing Center coordinator at Millsaps College. She believes writing centers are important spaces for inquiry, discovery, idea generation, intellectual conversation, and of course, writing practice. Egan envisions the Millsaps Writing Center as a space for all writers, at all skill levels, and in all stages of the writing process. Egan is particularly interested in writing pedagogies that serve multilingual writers and invites students and faculty alike to visit the Writing Center to learn more about teaching or studying with multilingual writers.

    Egan embraces multiple modalities of writing and of teaching writing, so her approach to teaching is to blend traditional forms of writing instruction and independent practice with small group workshops and technologies that facilitate interactive approaches to text generation and revision. The idea that writing is both process and social enterprise is at the core of Liz's teaching philosophy.

    Egan comes to Millsaps from George Mason University, where she served as assistant director of the GMU Writing Center and taught writing courses including Composition, Reading and Writing about Texts, and Intro to Creative Writing, a craft course that surveys artistic techniques of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2007 and earned her M.F.A. in creative writing with an emphasis on fiction from George Mason University in 2014. Her thesis was an original collection of short fiction about military culture. Egan also serves as a co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook press that publishes poetry, prose, and hybrid texts.

  • Michael Pickard

    Michael Pickard

    Assistant Professor of English

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    BA, Millsaps College; MA, Boston University; PhD, University of Virginia

    "I graduated from Millsaps in 2004 and I’m excited to be back at the College as Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing. In my English classes, I teach students how to interpret literary texts and understand why this activity matters. In my Creative Writing classes, I help students cultivate a fuller awareness of the writing process, find their voices, and make informed choices about their work.

    "One of my own teachers said something to me once that I have never yet forgotten. You can’t love what you don’t know, he said: knowledge conduces to love, and love conduces to wonder. I aspire to teach students to know literary texts so that they can love them, so that in loving them they can feel a greater sense of wonder at the world we share."

  • Katy Simpson Smith

    Katy Simpson Smith

    Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature

    601.974.1478 | Email


    BA, Mount Holyoke College; MFA, Bennington College; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill