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We study and create everything from poetry to podcasting by working together in a lively and supportive community of literary scholars and creative writers.


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Here Now and There Later

Literary study and creative writing prepare you for all kinds of directions after you leave Beloit. Learn to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and collaborate productively, and you will always be better for it in your chosen path.

Hands-on campus opportunities like editing the student newspaper and putting together a museum exhibit will help you get there. So do experiences like an internship at a national newspaper like USA Today or a literary press like Milkweed Press. Then comes the Fulbright in Korea, the MFA in Iowa, or even making The New York Times bestseller list with your fantasy book series. These are our stories. Come to Beloit and start a new one.

When you study Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Beloit, something is always happening. Creative writing contests. Visiting writers. Student readings. Zine-making workshops. Literary balls in your favorite character costume. Going to a national conference to represent the Beloit Fiction Journal, which you helped edit.

We offer an innovative, flexible and integrated curriculum that combines literary study and creative writing with strong ties to our media studies and journalism programs. You can take courses in topics like Victorian Garbage, Graphic Novel and Comics, Medieval Love, Horror in Film and Fiction, Video Essay, and Music Journalism.

Alumni Authors: Madeline Roux’08, NY Times Bestselling Novelist
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Alumni Authors: Madeline Roux’08, NY Times Bestselling Novelist

Madeline Roux’08 is the New York Times bestselling author of the ASYLUM series. She received her bachelor’s degree at Beloit in 2008, majoring in Creative Writing and Acting. Her first novel, Allison Hewitt is Trapped, was named a Teen Indie Next List Pick. She is also the author of the House of Furies series and has made contributions to Star Wars, World of Warcraft, and New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Lauren Jackson - “White Negroes”

Lauren Jackson will be at Beloit College on Wednesday, March 4, reading from her new book,White Negroes:  When Cornrows Were in Vogue…and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation.  

Lauren’s book “exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people - and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.”   

American culture loves blackness. From music and fashion to activism and language, black culture constantly achieves worldwide influence. Yet, when it comes to who is allowed to thrive from black hipness, the pioneers are usually left behind as black aesthetics are converted into mainstream success—and white profit.



Alumni Authors: Lisa Ampleman’00, poet and editor

Since graduating from Beloit with a major in Creative Writing, Lisa Ampleman has published three volumes of poetry, appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and is the managing editor of the Cincinnati Review. She began developing her writing talent and editing skills for the English department’s literary magazine, Pocket Lint, and the college’s student newspaper, the Round Table.


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