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 co-curricular opportunities, including evening readings and receptions with visiting authors.
Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence: Mary Ruefle
Mary Ruefle has published over a dozen books of poetry, including Dunce (2019), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012) and the work of fiction The Most of It (2008). A Little White Shadow (2006) is her book of wildly celebrated erasures. Ruefle has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the Poet Laureate of Vermont.
Craft Talk: Tuesday, October 25th @ 4:00 PM in Miller 08
Reading: Wednesday, October 26th @ 5:00 PM in the Museum of Art Lobby
Two Cent Talks
Morgan Talty and Michelle Menting
Reading: Tuesday, November 15th @ 5:00 PM at Greene Block + Studios
Blevins, Braunstein, Burke, Spark, and White
Reading: Tuesday March 7th @ 5:00 PM at Greene Block + Studios
Spring 2023 Visiting Writers’ Series Readings
The Ed Kenney Memorial Creative Nonfiction
Reading: Thursday, May 4th @ 4:30 PM at the Museum of Art Lobby
Submit to The Pequod
The Pequod is now taking creative writing and art submissions for the Fall 2022 issue. Please email your pieces to [email protected] by midnight on October 31st. Happy creating!
Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writers-in-Residence
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.
2021-2022: Marianne Boruch