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.
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.
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.
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.