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Literary Arts

Woodruff Library

Emory's literary assets serve as a catalyst for innovative research and attract talented, ambitious, creative thinkers who want to be a part of one of the world's leading universities for writers and students of writing.

Our faculty includes award-winning playwrights, fiction writers, and poets. An infusion of new talent among faculty, staff and students is expanding what it means to be a writer in the 21st century. And the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library are now one of the nation's fastest-growing humanities research libraries.

Scholars and writers use the distinctive primary materials housed on Emory's campus for scholarship and teaching. Students access great works of literary art and observe the creative process first-hand, which strengthens their research skills and expands their perspectives.

The university regularly sponsors public events to engage the broader community with special collections and scholars' contributions on campus.

Literary Arts and Academics

Programs and Departments

Author Development

Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence supports faculty writing and publishing.

Creative Writing Program

The English department program, ranked as the nation's best, features accomplished faculty and guest lecturers.

Creative Writing Fellowships

Young writers with recent advanced degrees in creative writing gain teaching experience and time to finish a manuscript.

Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature

The biannual lecture series, named in honor of the late Robert W. Woodruff Professor Richard Ellmann, brings some of the world's top literary figures to campus.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

Library-based experts assist faculty and students with the development of innovative digital projects.

Emory Writing Center

Students work one-on-one with writing tutors.

English Department

Classes emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, digital environments and a writing-intensive undergraduate experience.

World Shakespeare Project

A teaching collaboration forges ties with faculty and students in other countries and serves as an educational model for international partnerships.

Faculty Experts

Scholars on Campus

Our faculty features award-winning playwrights, fiction writers, and poets, including:

Jericho Brown: Associate professor and director of the Creative Writing Program; award-winning poet.

Shoshana Felman: Woodruff Professor of Comparative Literature and French; 19th- and 20th-century French, English and American literature

Jim GrimsleyProfessor of Practice and Senior Resident Fellow in Creative Writing; award-winning playwright, novelist and memoirist

Walter Kalaidjian: Professor of English; 20th-century American literature; editor of the Cambridge Companion to American Modernism

Hank KilbanoffProfessor of Practice; award-winning veteran journalist, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History, and director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory

Joseph SkibellWinship Distinguished Professor in the Humanities; award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter and nonfiction author

Kevin YoungUniversity Distinguished Professor, award-winning poet and nonfiction author

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