English Creative Writing Program

English Creative Writing Program


“I picked the creative writing track because it focuses more on writing for yourself rather then writing for an audience,” — Steven Santos English/Creative Writing major ‘15

Bloomsburg University’s Creative Writing Program is one of the three program tracks within the Department of English. It is offered as both a major and a minor. There are currently about 50 English students in both the English/Creative Writing Major and the Minor.

Jerry Wemple, professor of English/Creative Writing

Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple received his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is the author of two collections of poetry: The Civil War in Baltimore and You Can See It from Here,which won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. He is also co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, published by Penn State Press, and editor of Watershed: The Journal of the Susquehanna.

His poetry, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Primary interests include poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as literature about Pennsylvania and African American life in rural Pennsylvania. Professor Wemple is also the director of the Bloomsburg University Minor in Ethnic Studies program.

Claire Lawrence, professor of English/Creative Writing

Claire Lawrence

Claire Lawrence received her Ph.D .in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She has an MFA from the University of Utah. Her Bachelors degree is from Pomona College in California.

Claire Lawrence has published fiction in Tri-Quarterly, descant, Terra Nova, The New England Writers Anthology and The Best of Writers at Work, poetry in The Connecticut Review, Western Humanities Review, Ekphrasis and Gulf Coast, personal essays in Crab Orchard, So to Speak, Puerto del Sol and Art Lies, and literary criticism in ISLE and a study of Edward Abbey’s work titled Coyote in the Maze. She also has an article on the iconography of the wilderness in Nature and its Discontents. Her fiction has been anthologized in Terrain and The New Earth Reader.