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Washington State University's English Department

WSU English and Creative Writing - College of Arts & Sciences 

Washington State University’s Department of English is one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). With a presence in Pullman, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, our combined seventy-five faculty members work in some of the most dynamic areas of literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, English education, and applied linguistics. Across our work, and together with our students, we read and think deeply, create and critique, and look to make a difference in the world we share.

We are also the home of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, an interdisciplinary degree program that places gender and sexuality at the center of its work, preparing students to succeed in a world marked by intersecting and complex inequalities.

The Creative Writing Major at Washington State University brings students together in the study of writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and screenwriting, and prepares them as well for careers in editing and publishing. Our faculty members, all well published working writers and scholars, nurture young writers from beginning-level craft classes on to advanced workshops. Students and faculty share new work and support each other through monthly Open Mics. Our curriculum also engages students in the study of literature as they pursue their writing. Finally, we offer a certificate in editing and publishing and internships and extracurricular programs to expose students to established writers and the professional publishing world. These include Blood Orange Review, an online journal of literature and art, EcoArts on the Palouse, a web project documenting ecological art in multiple genres and artforms, LandEscapes, a student-run fine arts journal, and a Visiting Writer Series that brings major literary figures to campus for presentations and workshops.

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