Dr. Benjamin Myers
The Creative Writing major and minor are offered by the English Department, which is part of the Language and Literature Division in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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What makes an OBU Creative Writing degree special?
The liberal arts foundation of OBU’s core curriculum gives our students a broad, well-rounded base from which to pursue their interests in fiction, poetry, nonfiction writing, and editing. Studying with published writers, students develop writing skills in multiple genres and may pursue internships in writing, editing, and publishing.
What are OBU grads doing with their Creative Writing degrees?
Creative Writing is a new major at OBU beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. Recent OBU Creative Writing minors have been accepted to the prestigious Sewanee Writers’ Conference and gone on to graduate programs in Creative Writing at Ohio State University, Emerson College, George Mason University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Texas Tech University. The major also equips students for careers in freelance writing, editing, publishing, and teaching.
What courses can I take?
Introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in poetry and fiction writing; advanced composition (creative nonfiction); technical writing; professional writing; professional editing; news writing; feature writing; internship in writing.
What do OBU Creative Writing faculty specialize in?
Dr. Benjamin Myers specializes in poetry
Dr. Brent Newsom specializes in fiction, poetry, and editing
Writers of national and regional reputation make frequent visits to OBU; recent visitors include N. Scott Momaday, Tim O’Brien, Tobias Wolff, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, David Shipler, Karen Swenson, Joe Weil, George McCormick, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, and Joanna Catherine Scott. The OBU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta features student fiction and poetry in its annual journal Scriblerus. Students have also presented their creative work at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention and published work in The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. Current or recent students have held internships with Oklahoma Today and Mongrel Empire Press.