College of Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing

The Department of English at John Carroll offers a range of courses in Creative Writing, including a Creative Writing minor. Students can take beginning or advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing. The workshops are small—no more than 15 students—and rigorous. Students critique their work with one another, revise it, and often perform their poetry and fiction at public readings in The Underground, John Carroll’s answer to the Beat cantinas of the ’60s. When visiting poets are on campus, they participate in the workshops—so you never know who might drop in and have a look at one of your poems.

Poets and Writers Reading Series
John Carroll University has hosted an array of writers over the past couple of decades, from established masters to rising stars, from Derek Wolcott to Tony Hoagland. In addition to Billy CollinsRita Dove, and Robert Pinsky, three former U.S. Poet Laureates, we have brought poets from a range of backgrounds and aesthetic projects, including Eavan Boland, Robert Cording, Mark Halliday, William Heyen, Carol Frost, Michael Magee, Lynn Powell, Dana Gioia, Bruce Weigl, and Tim Seibles. Fiction and prose writers have included John Edgar Wideman, Robert Stone, Julia Alvarez, Dan Chaon, Eric Goodman, Christopher Miller, James Sollish, Samrat Upadayay, Priscilla Uppal, and Sarah Willis.

The John Carroll Review
“The John Carroll Review” is our student literary journal. It comes out at the end of each term (at which time we throw an extravagant literary party), and features the best poetry and fiction from our students and alums. The “Review” is completely student-run, and offers its staff members hands-on experience in operating, editing, and publishing a literary journal.


    Philip Metres

George Bilgere         Philip Metres