Creative Writing Concentration
In this program, English majors at Mercyhurst University gain practical experience writing both poetry and fiction in small workshops and seminars. The aim of this coursework is for students to produce publishable work under the close guidance of our experienced faculty. We also strongly encourage students to refine their editing skills by working on the staff of Lumen, our campus-wide arts journal. Additionally, each year the department hosts the Mercyhurst Literary Festival, which gives students a chance to meet and attend workshops with renowned writers from across the country: in the past, we have hosted remarkable talents such as Robert Bly, Grace Paley, Martin Espada, and Jane Hirshfield. Ultimately, students graduate from the program ready to pursue careers as writers and editors in the publishing industry or to attend graduate school to further develop their craft.