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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.

Fran and Reese write poetry about hell

During the Sanger Summer Research Program, Reese’18 and Professor Francesca Abbate worked on poetry inspired by the personal hells that people often carry inside of themselves. It’s not as dark as it sounds - we promise!

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Eight students in the 2019 Beloit Summer Blocks course “Writing on Two Wheels” are combining creative writing with bicycling to explore the community of Beloit and the area beyond it. The ride is lead by English Professor Chuck Lewis.

Writing on Two Wheels

Eight students in the 2019 Beloit Summer Blocks course “Writing on Two Wheels” combined creative writing with bicycling to explore the community of Beloit and the area beyond it. The pedaling poets stopped at a variety of field destinations for “plein air” writing exercises. This ride, led by English Professor Chuck Lewis, took them on a 20-mile loop west of town to Beckman Mill. For their final project the students created a collaborative website of their work.

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