The George D. Murphy and the English/Honors Awards in Creative Writing

The contests are open to all Villanova undergraduates and will be judged anonymously by Villanova faculty and Philadelphia area authors. Each award is $500. Learn more about awards.

"Writing Through Conflict" (an embedded travel course)

This workshop course is offered each spring. As part of the course, students travel to the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University, Belfast over semester break for a week of workshops, seminars, and symposiums with Irish writers.

Queens University offers a special ₤5,000 per year scholarship to a Villanova student who wants to earn a master’s degree in creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre.

Writing Workshops

Writers need readers, and the creative writing workshop offers just that: supportive and critique-oriented readers.

A core component of the Minor in Creative Writing is the writing workshop. In workshop courses, students produce original creative pieces, present them to an audience of published faculty and peers, and revise their work to produce polished stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. For those who wish to grow as writers and perhaps publish their work, this is an invaluable opportunity for audience feedback on works in progress. Workshop courses are offered every semester and are taught by published novelists and poets.

Other Opportunities

More information can also be found on the English Department's Undergraduate Student Resources page.

College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Creative Writing Program, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Creative Writing Program 
St. Augustine Center 402

Alan Drew, MFA
Associate Professor, English