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English, General Literature and Rhetoric

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program 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 Binghamton Center for Writers

The Binghamton Center for Writers is a State University of New York Center for Excellence associated with our Creative Writing Program. While academic courses are handled through the English Department, the Center for Writers cultivates an active community of writers through extracurricular offerings such as the Readers' Series, The Writing Life: Conversations with Editors Series, the Binghamton Poetry Project, Harpur Palate, student awards for creative writers, the Binghamton Book Awards, the Literati Writers Series, Writing by Degrees Creative Writing Conference and other opportunities.


At the undergraduate level, our program offers a BA in English with a specialization in creative writing. 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.


At the graduate level our program offers:

  • English, MA -  Students take courses in literature and writing and produce a creative thesis.

  • English, PhD - Students take courses in literature and writing, complete the same field exams as literature students and produce creative work for their dissertations.


An alphabetical listing of our Creative Writing Faculty:
Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Thomas Glave
Leslie Heywood
Joe E. Weil
Alexi Zentner

Please visit the bookshelf page to see publications from our Faculty.

Contact and Location

Christine Gelineau
Associate Director, Creative Writing
(607) 777-2713

Library North Room 1211

Last Updated: 3/11/18