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.


Upcoming Events

Fall 2021 Visiting Writers’ Series Readings

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Tongo Eisen-Martin, Thursday September 30th, 5pm (Zoom Recording)

Marilyn Chin, Kristina Stahl Writer in Residence, Reading on Monday October 11th, 5pm; Craft Talk on Tuesday, October 12th, 4pm

Pamela Erens, Monday October 25th, 5pm

Jane Brox ’78, Monday November 8th, 5pm



Submit to The Pequod

The Pequod is now taking creative writing and art submissions for the Fall 2021 issue. Please email your pieces to [email protected] by midnight on October 20th. 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! 

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.