Creative Writing

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.

Students in the creative writing program at Binghamton University learn critical thinking and reading in a creative context. For students who are strong writers and interested in writing fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, the chance to be part of a community of writers while working with our internationally recognized faculty is not just an opportunity to prepare for a career — the ability to think critically and communicate well cuts across almost all jobs, and our graduates have gone on to work in almost any field you can think of — but also to understand how your own voice fits within the vital continuum of literature.  Faculty currently teaching in the Creative Writing Program include: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Leslie Heywood, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Alexi Zentner, Thomas Glave, and Joe E. Weil.

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 both an MA and PhD in English with a specialization in creative writing. MA students take courses in literature and writing and produce a creative thesis. PhD students take courses in literature and writing, complete the same field exams as literature students and produce creative work for their dissertations.

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.

Contact and Location

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

Library North Room 1211