Undergraduate Creative Writing Program

The BA in English with a specialization in creative writing at Binghamton University is designed to foster in its students a powerful, disciplined and skilled creativity cultivated in a supportive environment. Through its dedicated faculty, students are introduced to all facets of their art — its traditions and masters, its pleasures and responsibilities, its materials and practices.

The areas of study include poetry, fiction, non-fiction,memoir and children’s literature.

The program relies on writing workshops and the study of literature to encourage the development of the students as writers.The program cultivates an active community of writers.

A Reader’s Series brings writers to campus to expose students to a wide range of literary voices. Visiting writers supplement the program offerings by teaching classes. Past visiting writers have included Ai, Marvin Bell, Hayden Carruth, Robert Creeley, Mark Doty, Stephen Dobyns, Marilyn Hacker, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Li Young Lee, Carole Maso, Heather McHugh, Molly Peacock, Robert Pinsky, Gerald Stern, Henry Taylor, Tobias Wolff and Charles Wyatt.

The presence of a strong graduate-level program is a distinct advantage to the undergraduate writers. Throughout the year, graduate students sponsor their own student readers’ series, and run the Writing by Degrees Creative Writing Conference, which attracts participants from across the nation. Harpur Palate (HP), a grad and undergrad student-edited literary journal,is produced on campus and attracts submissions from both well-established and emerging voices.

Undergraduates have also been active in creating forums for themselves.

  • Undergraduate Reading Series at Cyber Cafe West in Downtown Binghamton

  • Phoenix: An literary magazine featuring poetry, prose and visual art of BU students. Submissions & information write phoenixpublication@hotmail.com

  • Pen is Mightier Fiction Club Information contact LibbyCudmore@writing.com

  • Student Poets' Society Information contact Jessica Condello, Executive Vice President at studentpoetssociety@yahoo.com

  • (Students responsible for the Readers' Series should contact cwpro@binghamton.edu to provide contact information for this website.)

  • In recent years there has also been a weekly half-hour poetry show on WHRW, the campus radio station. With the graduation of its host, "The Circle" is no longer on the air but could be revived by an interested student.

In combination with course offerings, these activities all lead to a vibrant and challenging atmosphere.

Last Updated: 7/25/14