Explore Creative Writing courses and publishing opportunities at Midwestern State University! You can Major or Minor in English with a concentration in Literature or Writing. Check out the English, B.A. Major, English Minor: Literature Emphasis and/or English Minor: Writing Emphasis course catalogs for more information!

Available Courses:

ENGL2133-   Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL3103-   Special Topics in Creative Writing*
ENGL3133-   Intermediate Creative Writing- Prose
ENGL4133-   Advanced Creative Writing- Prose
ENGL5133-   Advanced Creative Writing- Prose  (Graduate Level)

*May be repeated for credit


The James Hoggard Reading Series brings award-winning writers and poets from across the nation to campus. Visiting writers give a public reading of their creative work and interact with students in the classroom, providing valuable insight and guidance into the world of publishing, contemporary literature, and the writing life.

The Red River Reading Series lets MSU students and faculty share their creative work with the campus community. At 4:00 PM on the first Friday of each month during the fall and spring semesters, two students and a faculty member present their poetry and prose. Readings are held in Legacy Hall and are open to the public.

Editing and Publishing Opportunities

Voices is Midwetern State University's Arts and Literature Journal. Students can submit their creative work for publication or they can work as editors on the student-run regional journal. More information can be found on the Voices website.

Creative Writing Awards

The Vinson Award is given annually to a current, full-time undergraduate MSU student who is in good academic standing. Students may submit work in poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. The award is presented at the Honors Banquet during the spring term. In addition to publication in Voices, the prize includes a cash award of $1,000.

The Bryan L. Lawrence Creative Writing Award is given annually to the best submission to Voices. Poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfictin pieces are all eligible. In additon to a certification and publication in Voices, the prize includes a cash award of $200.

What our students say

Develop technical skills and an appreeciation for the artistry of writing in a creative and exciting environment.


I was always afraid of writing, that I didn't have a sotry to tell. This class taught me that emotions are universal and even if you can't relate to the situation, you'll feel the same things I do.


You'll learn who you are and who you want to be as you learn to write.