Words open worlds. When we study literature, we study how human experience can be embodied in language that awakens, delights, inspires and excites. Reading together, we meet new characters, cultures, and time periods, while also encountering ourselves in new ways. Through lively discussion and rigorous research, UE English majors explore literary works of lasting influence while developing the critical skills that will prepare them for success beyond our classrooms. Whether they work in business or education, serve their communities in libraries or literacy programs, or go on to graduate school or law school, our graduates leave the University of Evansville's English programs ready to engage with the challenges of today’s world.

Creative Writing

Our innovative curriculum includes courses in genre fiction, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and contemporary poetry, among others.

In addition, we offer students editing and publishing internships with nationally and internationally-recognized literary journals such as The Evansville Review and Measure. These hands-on experiences introduce students to the professional life of writers, editors, and publishers, preparing students for graduate school or careers as editors and publishers as they learn alongside prize-winning and widely-published faculty who are committed to building mentoring relationships and introducing students to the professional world of writing, editing, and publishing.

Benefits for UE Creative Writing Students

  • Exciting internship opportunities with magazines, nonprofit organizations, advertising agencies, and more.
  • Readings and workshops led by UE faculty and notable writers, editors, and publishers who come to campus as guests.
  • Hands-on editing experience with The Evansville Review, Measure, and more.

Departmental News

  • UE Professor Publishes Anthology on Taylor Swift inspired poems
    Posted: July 18, 2024

    University of Evansville (UE) Professor Kristie Frederick Daugherty has turned the music of Taylor Swift into poetic inspiration, recently publishing a captivating new anthology of poems influenced by the pop sensation's songs.

  • Katie Darby Mullins has essay published at Barrelhouse
    Posted: March 1, 2024

    Professor Katie Mullins had an essay come out called "Song and Dance Man" through Barrelhouse Books. This piece is an exploration of her early adolescent obsession with Andy Kaufman and anti-comedy which seems inexplicably linked to the back brace she had to wear through middle school. The essay spans her years of chronic pain with no diagnosis, her eventual stroke, and how jokes that aren't funny, because of her life experience, always seemed to make her laugh. 

  • UE's Andiron Lecture Series to Feature Guest Speaker
    Posted: March 21, 2023

    The next installment of the Andiron Lecture Series at the University of Evansville (UE) is set for Wednesday. Assistant Professor of English, Sara Petrosillo, will be giving a lecture to launch her new book entitled Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and Control in Medieval Literary Culture. The book was recently published by the Ohio State University Press.