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UT Creative Writing Program Again Highlighted in Creative Colleges

Published: June 04, 2008
The University of Tampa’s creative writing program has been included for the second time in the book “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers.”

UT is one of seven universities in the Southeast that is lauded for its creative writing program. Others include Eckerd College, Emory University and the University of Virginia. Highlighted programs were initially selected from a survey e-mailed to more than 1,100 universities.

“Creative Colleges” is intended to help students choose the right college to fit their unique needs as a student actor, artist, dancer, musician or writer. The first edition was published in 2005 and also included the UT creative writing program. The second edition is published by SuperCollege LLC and again authored by Elaina Loveland.

UT offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in writing and English, and offers classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and dramatic writing. Students in the program can concentrate on creative writing (fiction, poetry and other imaginative forms), professional writing (journalism, public relations, advertising and information design for technical communication) and writing for the media. Students study multi-ethnic literature, oral traditions, avant-garde and counter-cultural expression, and major contemporary voices in creative and professional writing.

All university students are eligible to enroll in the department, which sponsors four student publications, including a weekly student newspaper (print and online), a yearbook, literary magazine and honors journal. The department is an institutional member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

The department also sponsors a Writers at the University series in which writers such as Derek Walcott, Margaret Atwood, and Li-Young Lee have visited the campus for public readings and guest appearances in classes. Prominent alumni of the UT creative writing department include bestselling novelist Connie May Fowler and author Amy Hill Hearth.