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The Creative Writing Minor Program
About Creative Writing at JMU

The written word has been a powerful tool used by many to convey different thoughts and feelings. The core study of Creative Writing at James Madison University allows for students to convey their ideas and sentiments through various genres. From fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplay writing, and numerous other genres, students can craft and develop their writing techniques in our program. Creative Writing can connect, question, and allow us to reflect in the ever-changing world around us.

Our Mission

Our mission in the Creative Writing program is to prepare students to be able to convey emotions and messages through language and the written word. The true meaning behind creation is a powerful link between human experiences and feelings. In Creative Writing, we develop our students to be able to craft their unique skills and approaches to writing. We pride our students in their ability to compose and create while exploring what it means to convey meaningful messages.

Temper Magazine - Spring 2020

Creative Writing Minor Checklist
Creative Writing Minor Checklist
Meet Our Coordinator


Paul Bogard is an assistant professor of English. He teaches creative nonfiction and environmental literature. He is the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light and The Ground Beneath Us.  Dr. Bogard is also editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark, a collection of essays on the value of darkness and the costs of light pollution. His writing has appeared in print and online in Slate, Salon, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Audubon, Conservation, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. A native Minnesotan, Paul grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

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