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Creative Writing

Students in creative writing study the craft of writing under the mentorship of faculty who are accomplished authors. Workshops focus on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and on such special topics as writing for children; writing and photography; hybrid texts; writing about place; and writing the future. The creative writing program also hosts a reading series and publishes a literary journal, Calliope, that is edited and designed entirely by WVU undergraduates. Students who have studied creative writing at WVU have gone on to top MFA programs, such as Michigan, Purdue, Alabama, UNC-Wilmington, Ohio State, Pitt, Virginia Commonwealth, Columbia College, Cal Arts, Columbia University, and The New School, and to other graduate programs in fields ranging from English to biology. They've also become elementary, middle, and high school teachers, gone on to medical school and law school, and found careers in journalism, publishing, and academic administration. Many have also continued to write, winning national literary prizes and publishing their work with presses such as Black Ocean, LSU, Perugia, Slope Editions, and Wesleyan.

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West Virginia University’s undergraduate literary journal! For the past 25 years, students at WVU have collaborated to create this award-winning journal, a showcase of the exemplary creative efforts of the student body. Submitting to Calliope is exclusive to WVU students, regardless of major, and historically has included works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art.

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