Creative Writing Community

The Creative Writing Community offers students incredible opportunities to develop their craft in the company of peers, to perform their work in community settings, participate in internships, and work under the guidance of award-winning, supportive teachers.

The creative writing community at Washington State University is a vibrant part of the English Department as well as the larger campus and the public. The Creative Writing Major brings students together in the study of writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and screenwriting, and prepares them as well for careers in editing and publishing. Our faculty members, all well published working writers and scholars, nurture young writers from beginning-level craft classes on to advanced workshops. Students and faculty and other from the community share new work and support each other through monthly Open Mics. Our curriculum also engages students in the study of literature as they pursue their writing. Finally, we offer a certificate in editing and publishing and internships and extracurricular programs to expose students to established writers and the professional publishing world. These include Blood Orange Review, an online journal of literature and art, EcoArts on the Palouse, a web project documenting ecological art in multiple genres and artforms, LandEscapes, a student-run fine arts journal, English Club, and the WSU Visiting Writer Series that brings major literary figures to campus for presentations and workshops.

For more information contact Director of Creative Writing, Linda Russo, at

WSU Visiting Writer Series

The WSU Visiting Writers Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.


LandEscapes provides a unique opportunity for students to work at a professional publication on both sides of the industry—the business side and the artistic side–and strives to uphold and spotlight the creative excellence that Washington State University has to offer by showcasing the full spectrum of student work in the arts—literature, the fine arts, and music.

English Club at WSU

English Club at WSU seeks to provide a safe and honest place for writers from all backgrounds to share their writing and meet other writers.

EcoArts on the Palouse

EcoArts on the Palouse is a student-and-community-centric project that features exhibits of contemporary art works in many media and forms. Our mission is to provide a lens onto the shared ecologies of overlooked wild edge spaces in the grassy Palouse biome and to explore how situated creative making may influence human relation to the land, water, and other species.

Open Mic

Students and faculty and others from the community share new work and support each other through monthly Open Mics held in various locations on campus and in downtown Pullman. Check the Open Mic page, updated regularly, for event times and venues as well as special guests and prizes.