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English, Rhetoric, and Writing

Creative Writing at Berry

Berry College offers a truly unique environment for the undergraduate creative writer. While Berry's beautiful and extensive rural setting-at 27,000 acres, the world's largest campus-offers a rare opportunity for solitude and retreat, its small community of highly dedicated student and faculty writers offers unusual opportunities to share and discuss creative work.

Creative Writing Faculty: 

  • Will Donnelly (Fiction/Non-fiction)
  • Sandra Meek (Poetry)

Students may take creative writing courses as part of an English or a Creative Writing major, a writing or English minor, or as electives for fulfilling any major. Courses are offered in introductory and advanced poetry and fiction, as well as in creative nonfiction and playwriting.

Berry's Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing also sponsors a reading series which brings writers of national and international reputation to campus for readings and to meet with creative writing students. The Georgia Poetry Circuit is also housed at Berry College. Recent visiting writers include Marianne Boruch, Albert Goldbarth, Larissa Szporluk, Jacqueline Osherow, Rikki Ducornet, Kim Addonizio, Dorothy Allison, Brian Turner, Billy Collins, Scott Cairns, Allison Joseph, Charles Wright, Robin Becker, Mark Jarman and Dave Smith. 

Berry students have many opportunities to read and publish their own work as well. Students edit the college literary journal, Ramifications ; Ramifications also sponsors a highly popular open mike poetry night each semester. Students have often met on their own for discussion and informal workshops, and have read in the larger Rome community. Advanced students read extensively from their work during their final semester at a Senior Reading, at which they are also honored with a reception. Berry also honors exemplary student writers each year with a number of creative writing awards.

Author Rick Campbell leading class   Gretchen Henderson leading Advanced Writing Class
Author Rick Campbell leading discussion
  Gretchen Henderson leading Advanced Writing class
senior reading class   Advanced Writing having dinner with Jacqueline Osherow
The Senior Reading 
   Students at dinner with visiting poet Jacqueline Osherow
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