Creative Writing


Are you a creative thinker? Do you love reading and writing? If so, you will find yourself with like minds in Colby’s Creative Writing Program. Whether you’re a prolific poet or yearning to write short stories or essays, you will find dedicated professors to help hone your writing skills and find your voice.

Students in the Creative Writing Program work closely with faculty members who are also published authors. Classes are conducted as workshops—collaborative sessions where students share their work and receive constructive feedback from their instructors and peers. Students have the opportunity to explore poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as to take classes in environmental writing and documentary radio.

The Creative Writing Program offers a concentration for English majors and a minor for students with other majors. Some courses incorporate civic engagement, such as producing public service announcements for area nonprofits. Students can also participate in cocurricular opportunities, including evening readings and receptions with visiting authors.


Announcing: The Inaugural Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer in Residence:

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson is the author of eleven works of fiction and eight of nonfiction, including the novel A Box of Matches, whose protagonist meditates on life while starting the morning fire, and most recently Substitute:  Going to School with a Thousand Kids, about his experiences as a substitute teacher in public schools in Maine.  Nicholson’s interests are capacious and whimsical, and during the time he is in Residence he will be working on a book based on his desire to learn a new skill: to capture “dappled sunlight” in paint.
Nicholson will teach a master class in the spring on “Reading for Writers,” using back issues of The New Yorker as his text, and early in the semester he will give a reading for the community.  As circumstances allow, he will engage with the campus and Waterville communities in other ways.
The Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer in Residence is possible thanks to a generous endowment funded by the Forese family, for which we in Creative Writing and the English Department are very grateful.