Creative Writing News

Creating fine literature is an art form, and the academic pursuit of fine-tuning that art is thriving at the College of Liberal Arts. English majors who decide to concentrate in Creative Writing at Temple center their studies on the genre they’re most passionate about: fiction, poetry or playwriting. Creative Writing students are storytellers—but what about their own stories? Here, we’ll spin yarns about the students, alumni and faculty whose journeys comprise the greater narrative of Temple’s Creative Writing concentration. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

photo of author Liz Moore and Good Morning America's Amy Robach

English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Liz Moore’s Long Bright River is a thrilling novel that explores a sibling relationship set against the Philadelphia opioid crisis, and critics have taken notice, hailing it as one of the most-anticipated novels of 2020.

Josh Lukin taught full-time in Temple University’s First-Year Writing Program from 2003-2019, where he earned five Outstanding Teacher citations and was inducted into the Instructors’ Hall of Fame. He also taught literature courses in the history of criticism, contemporary global fiction, noir fiction and film, and social issues in literature.  His scholarly interests were U.S. fiction since 1945 and disability studies.

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English major Andrew Katz, CLA ’15, successfully published his first novel last year. The Vampire Gideon's Suicide Hotline & Halfway House for Orphaned Girls pokes fun at vampires while delivering an important message about mental health.

Trevor Lanuzza an MFA candidate in fiction, wins the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation’s 2019 Award for College Writers fiction prize for his story “nobody’s a real mystic anymore.”  

Author Aisha Sabatini Sloan talking to audience of students

As part of the English Department’s Poets and Writers Series, author Aisha Sabatini Sloan recently visited the College of Liberal Arts to read to Creative Writing students from her published essay collections and talk about her writing process.

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