Concentration in Creative Writing

Concentration in Creative Writing

as part of the Master of Arts in English at Southeastern



The Creative Writing concentration at Southeastern is dedicated to supporting the intensely personal act of creating literature. Incoming students encounter an open, respectful community of writers/faculty and a curriculum that embraces the full range of writing experiences through intensive workshops, independent studies, and literature classes; internship experiences; and close contact with Southeastern's visiting Writers-in-Residence. The Creative Writing program at Southeastern simultaneously challenges students to extend the possibilities of their craft and offers them a safe place to take risks as they develop a body of finished work.



Students who plan to concentrate in Creative Writing will need to meet with, and gain the permission of, the Coordinator of Creative Writing.

The student must complete the following coursework:


ENGL 475/575 Introduction to Contemporary Criticism
ENGL 482/582 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
ENGL 483/583 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
ENGL 645 Creative Writing
ENGL 770 [6 hrs] Thesis in Creative Writing

Students must also complete at least 15 hours of coursework in English at the 600 level. With the approval of the Advisory Committee, students may take a maximum of6 graduate hours in a related field.




Dr. Jack B. Bedell, Program Coordinator, Poetry

Jack Bedell, Professor
Education: B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana; a M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and a Ph. D. from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
Areas of Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing.
Notable Achievements: Recent journal publications: Dr. Bedell has poems published by the Connecticut Review and The Hudson Review. Books: Sleeping with the Net-Maker, At the Bonehouse, What Passes for Love, and Greatest Hits.

Affiliations: Dr. Bedell is a member of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers.
Other Information: Books Dr. Bedell highly recommends for everyone are James Dickey's Poems 1957-1967 and J. D. Salinger's Nine Stories. His favorite quotation is, "Pain come from the darkness and we call it knowledge. It is Pain."--Randall Jarrell.


Dr. Reine Bouton, Creative Non-Fiction 
Reine Dugas Bouton, Assistant Professor 
Education: B.A. and M.A., University of New Orleans, Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi

Areas of Expertise: Modern American and British Literature, Travel Writing, Southern Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Eudora Welty. 
Notable Achievements: Recent journal publications in Arkansas ReviewThe Teaching Professor, Literature in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, and Teaching in the Two-Year College. 
Affiliations: MLA, The Eudora Welty Society, The Two-Year College Association, National Association for Developmental Education.


Dr. Tim Gautreaux, Fiction 
Tim Gautreaux,
 Professor Emeritus. Southeastern's first Writer-in-Residence 
Education: Ph.D. University of South Carolina, B.A. Nicholls State University. 
Areas of Expertise: Published two novels, The Next Step in the DanceThe Clearing, and two collections of short stories, Same Place, Same Things, and Welding with Children. Fiction has appeared regularly in Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, GQ and other places.Awarded National Book of the Year.


Dr. Norman German, Fiction
Norman German,
Professor, Associate Editor of Louisiana Literature.
Education: B.A. from McNeese State; M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Areas of Expertise: Etymology, African-American Literature, and Twentieth-Century American Fiction and Poetry.
Notable Achievements: Journal/Magazine Publications: Dr. German's short stories have appeared in literary and commercial magazines ranging from Louisiana Life and Salt Water Sportsman to The Virginia Quarterly Review. He has also published scholarly articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, and Raymond Carver. Books: Dr. German's novel No Other World won the 1991 Deep South Writers Prize.
Other Information: Dr. German's hobbies include fishing, running, bicycling, and coin collecting.


 Dr. Jayetta Slawson, Drama 

Jayetta Slawson, Assistant Professor.
Education: B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; M.A. from Arkansas State University; Ph.D. from New York University.
Areas of Expertise/Interests: Modern and Contemporary Drama; Performance Studies, including Ethnographic Performance Practices in Social, Cultural, and Historical Contexts; American Culture and Popular Entertainments; Creative Writing; and Literary Analysis.


Mr. Chris Tusa, Fiction and Poetry 
Chris Tusa,
Education: M.F.A. University of Florida, M.A., Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A. Southeastern Louisiana University

Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing 
Notable Achievements: Author of novel (Dirty Little Angels, University of West Alabama); author of collection of poetry (Haunted Bones, Louisiana Literature Press). His short fiction and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Texas Review, The Southeast Review, BULL Magazine, Connecticut Review, Passages North, and others.  Two of his flash fiction pieces were recently chosen by Robert Olen Butler as finalists for The Southeast Review's World's Best Short Short Story Contest. His novel-in-progress, In the City of Falling Stars was recently awarded First Runner-up for the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress Award. 
Affiliations: Editor, Fiction Southeast.