Creative Writing

Creative Writing Program

The English Department’s Creative Writing program offers an array of courses from an introduction to creative writing to courses on poetry and novels. In 2010, Thomas Mallon and Edward P. Jones joined the Creative Writing's team of professors who are nationally and internationally recognized writers.

Students may choose to major or minor in creative writing and should refer to the Program of Study for prerequisites and requirements.

The George Washington University
Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Workshop

Spring 2014 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
January 22 - April 23, 2014

Led by Molly McCloskey

Come and take part in a semester-long creative nonfiction workshop! To apply, you do not need academic qualifications or publications. The class will include some readings of published writings (primarily memoir and the personal essay), but will mainly be a roundtable critique of work submitted by class members. There are no fees to participate in the class, but you will be responsible for making enough copies of your stories for all fifteen participants. Students at Consortium schools (including GWU) are not eligible.

To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest and a sample of your writing, 12 pt type, double spaced, and no more than 7 pages in length. Make sure you include your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and email address for notification. Application materials will not be returned, but will be recycled once the selection process is completed. Applications must be received at the following address by close of business on Tuesday, 7 January 2014.

JMM Fiction Workshop 
Department of English
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street, NW (Suite 760)
Washington, DC 20052 

All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their submissions no later than Saturday, 18 January 2014.

Molly McCloskey is the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington for 2013-2014. She is the author of two collections of short stories, a novel, and – most recently – a memoir, Circles Around the Sun. She normally resides in Dublin, Ireland.

The George Washington University is an equal opportunity institution.

 If you’d like to receive future workshop announcements electronically, please e-mail us at and ask us add you to our email list. Be sure to include your name.

Wordsmith of Washington

Professor Thomas Mallon

Critically acclaimed novelist Thomas Mallon became director of the Creative Writing Program in the spring of 2010. While Dr. Mallon believes students need to have a certain amount of imagination to succeed in a creative writing class, he believes a lot of students don’t realize how much imagination they have until they are pressured to use it.