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Come to USI for a beginning to advanced study of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting, and screen writing with published writers committed to undergraduate writing excellence and their craft.

writingThe English Department offers a 42-hour Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis as well as a 24-hour Creative Writing Minor and a 15-hour Creative Writing Certificate.

Become a part of an exciting literary community and join the Student Writers Union; work on FishHook (formerly The Aerie), the student literary magazine; apply for scholarships to the RopeWalk Writers Retreat; apply for internships for the Southern Indiana Review; and enjoy the talents and knowledge of nationally known writers through the RopeWalk Visiting Writers Series.

Freshman scholarships are available.

For information contact Matthew Graham, Director of Creative Writing at: mgraham.

We look forward to working with you!


The Faculty


Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham - Professor of English/Director of Creative Writing

  • Master of Fine Arts, The Writers Work Shop, University of Iowa.
  • Books: New World Architect (poetry, Galileo Press, 1985), 1946 (poetry, Galileo Press, 1991), World Without End (poetry, River City Press, 2006)
  • Personal webpage...

Nicole Reid

Nicole Louise Reid - Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing

  • Master of Fine Arts, George Mason University
  • Books: In The Breeze of Passing Things (novel, MacAdam/Cage, 2003) and  Girls (short fiction, RockSaw Press, 2009)
  • Personal webpage...

Patty Aakhus

Patricia Aakhus - Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing, Director of International Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Masters of Fine Arts, Vermont College
  • Books: The Voyage of Mael Duin’s Curragh (fiction, Storyline Press, Wolfhound Press, 1992) Daughter of the Boyne (fiction, Wolfhound Press, 1993) Sorrows of Tara (fiction, Wolfhound Press, 1995)
  • Personal webpage...

Leisa Belleau

Leisa Belleau - Instructor of English/Creative Writing


Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell - Instructor of English/Creative Writing


Kevin Allton

Kevin Allton - Instructor of English/Creative Writing

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Short Fiction: appeared in Shiftless Stone, The Green Hills Literary Lantern and Quarter After Eight
  • Currently working on a longer project based on the careers of various adventurers in the New World.
  • Personal webpage...