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Creative Writing Program Earns National Distinction

Monday, March 25, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College’s creative writing program is one of five “Writing Programs With Flair” recently cited by a national education publication.

The designation was included in the March 15, 2002, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a nationally distributed and highly regarded publication, included Wofford in the list published in its March 15, 2002, edition. The article, “Undergraduates Heed the Writer’s Muse: English departments add programs as more students push to write fiction and poetry,” included a section featuring the institutions cited for programs with “flair.”

Wofford was recognized for its Benjamin Wofford Prize for writing. “Each year the best novel by an undergraduate is published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies. Since 1995, 40 students at the Spartanburg, S.C., college have written novels,” the magazine writes. Featured alongside the Wofford information was a photograph of Josh Hudson, who won the 2001 Benjamin Wofford Prize for his novel, “When You Fall.”

Scott Neely’s “A Good Road to Walk,” published in 2000 and based on his experiences as the 14th Presidential International Scholar, was the first winner of the Benjamin Wofford Prize for Non-fiction. Top students at Hampden-Sydney College, a four-year liberal arts college for men in Virginia, and theology students at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college in Indiana, have used Neely’s book as part of their curriculum, and other colleges invited him to their campuses or expressed interest in using his book. (Copies of both books are available; call 597-4180.)

Drawing on faculty success in the teaching and practice of writing fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction, the Wofford Creative Writing Sequence offers credit courses and student publishing in the novel and short story, poetry, and expository writing. The core faculty of three professors is augmented by occasional other Wofford faculty and visitors. Student works are regularly published in limited editions in-house, and the best works, selected in competitions, are published professionally for wider audiences.

Other colleges and universities highlighted as ones with “Writing Programs with Flair” were Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia College Chicago, Naropa University and Washington College.