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.
Every year, the Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding contemporary writers to campus for craft talks and public readings. Recent visitors include David Sedaris, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, and National Book Award winner Jessmyn Ward.
Students can publish in the Stylus, Millsaps’ award-winning literary magazine. Millsaps students recently won the Southern Literary Festival Writing Competition in Fiction, and placed Second in Poetry.