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Creative Writing Program Featured in Christian Science Monitor

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College’s creative writing program has received national recognition for the second time in less than two months, being featured today (April 23, 2002) in the Christian Science Monitor.

The program was featured March 15, 2002, in The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of five “writing programs with flair.”

Drawing upon faculty success in both 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 Benjamin Wofford Prize for writing was added to the program in 1995. A new concentration in creative writing is anticipated for Fall 2002, allowing English majors to choose the standard literary course of study or a creative writing track.

In the Christian Science Monitor, Patrik Jonsson writes:

Here at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., students are enrolling for the September launch of the new concentration in creative writing. But since 1995, the college has offered the Benjamin Wofford Prize to an outstanding student writer, publishing and distributing copies of his or her “thesis” as a publishing company would.

Increasingly, creative writing master’s programs are also offering perks such as scholarships, publishing opportunities, or inside access to literary agents. And students like the approaches they find in class. “This is the one place at college where a professor will say to a student, ‘Write what you know,’ ” says John Lane, an English professor at Wofford.

The full article—“From muse to manuscript: Creative writing programs blossom as colleges cater to growing numbers of would-be O’Connors”—can be found at http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0423/p15s01-lehl.html.