• Ashley Jones
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  • Beth Shelburne
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    Ashley Jones

    Ashley is a poet who focuses on identity, history, civil rights, and gender. Read more about Ashley.

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    Jason Aaron

    Jason writes for Marvel Comics on titles like Thor and The Avengers. Read more about Jason.

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    Beth Shelburne

    Journalist and writer Beth Shelburne has been named one of 10 PEN America 2018 Writing for Justice fellows. Read more about Beth.

Our workshops introduce you to the craft of writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Over the course of a semester, you will learn ways of shaping stories and poems through various exercises and prompts. You'll read works by contemporary authors and use those works as models for your own writing, and classroom workshops offer a lively setting for students to respond to one another’s work. At the end of the semester, you will have gained wide-ranging new skills in writing creatively, critiquing, and revising.

Undergraduates can choose to major or minor with a concentration in Creative Writing, and qualified students can also elect to complete a departmental Honors thesis in Creative Writing.

Major Concentration

To complete a major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing you must complete 42 hours of eligible English courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-level.

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for the Creative Writing concentration are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor Concentration

The minor in English with a concentration in Creative Writing offers you an opportunity to write fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction as a complement to your major. You must take 18 hours of eligible English courses at the 300- or 400-level.

A complete list of minor requirements and courses is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


Our undergraduates have opportunities to publish their work and to compete for awards and scholarships. They can also work as interns for our nationally circulated journals, Birmingham Poetry Review and NELLE, and many are involved with UAB’s literary journal Aura.

""Creative Writing Prizes

The Creative Writing program offers several prizes for the best work of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the best poem or group of poems produced by students. Prizes of $200 each are awarded annually.

  • The Barksdale-Maynard Prizes in Fiction and Poetry are made possible by a gift from Isabel Barksdale-Maynard in honor of her family.
  • The Tom Brown Prize for Creative Nonfiction is named in honor of Dr. Thomas H. Brown, chair of the English Department from 1984-1992.

To be eligible you must be a currently enrolled UAB student in good standing with the University. Contact the director of Creative Writing for more details.


Adam Vines
Director of Creative Writing
University Hall 5024
(205) 934-5317
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