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 co-curricular opportunities, including evening readings and receptions with visiting authors.


Upcoming Events

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

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Jerald Walker

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!


Whether you are writing your first novel or have yet to pick up the pen: if you have a passion for writing join the Inklings! We’re Colby’s weirdly wonderful student-run creative writing club. Every Thursday at 4pm we meet to share prompts and spend some time writing. All writers are welcome! We range from poets to short story writers, novelists to recording thoughts in journals. Over the course of the year, we workshop pieces which people are comfortable sharing, and all workshopped pieces are eligible to be published in our magazine! 
We’d love to have you join us. 
Email [email protected] for more information and to get added to our email list! 

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.

2022-2023: TBA


2021-2022: Marianne Boruch


Marianne Boruch’s eleven books of poetry include Bestiary Dark (Copper Canyon, 2021) triggered by her 2019 Fulbright in Australia observing its astonishing wildlife. Her prose: three essay collections, recently The Little Death of Self (Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” Series), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011). Among her honors: the Kingsley-Tufts Award for The Book of Hours, a Guggenheim, two NEAs, and residencies at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, two national parks (Denali and Isle Royale) and a previous Fulbright at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her work appears in APR, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. After 33 years teaching at Purdue, Boruch retired and was named an emeritus professor in 2018. Since 1988, she has been on faculty at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.