About the Center for Writers
The Center for Writers is the creative writing program in the Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, 90 miles north of New Orleans. Between 35 and 40 students work toward M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with emphases in fiction or poetry, and each student completes a creative thesis or dissertation to fulfill requirements for the degree. The tone of the program is serious but informal, with workshops offered in fiction, non-fiction, prose, and poetry by the program's distinguished faculty. Additional courses in craft, literary forms, and teaching creative writing are also offered regularly, and students participate in a regular reading series and in the publication of a student journal, Product. The department is also home to the Mississippi Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine. Students and graduates have won the Whiting Award, the Henfield Prize, the Flannery O'Connor Award and National Endowment fellowships and published books with Counterpoint, William Morrow, St. Martins, Ticknor and Fields, Georgia, Red Hen, Faber & Faber, Atlantic Monthly Press, Prentice Hall, Sarabande, and a number of other first rank presses.