When people ask me about Saint Leo University, I tell them that
we are an innovative institution where teaching and lifelong
learning are of primary importance. Nowhere is that more obvious
than in our recently launched creative writing program.
Last summer, 17 intrepid writers from around the country formed
our first cohort. They range in age from recent college graduate to
retirees, each with the shared goal of improving their writing, and
being a part of a vital artistic community.
They understand the desire to create, the desire to fully
develop one’s capabilities as a writer; equally, they know how hard
it can be to find the time to write. My goal as director is to make
sure they know how our program is a place to find exactly the type
of support, guidance, and individual mentoring that helps each
student take the first steps towards a career as a working
Here at Saint Leo, you can expect to work with a faculty mentor
to develop an individualized course of study tailor-made for your
own writing goals, while the program provides a structure and
accountability that helps you develop the independence and
professionalism needed to excel in the writing world.
Our program begins with a single annual residency, scheduled to
minimize its impact on the lives of our students. Because we begin
and end on the weekend, it’s possible to attend our graduate
program and spend just five business days away from home.
At the residency, you’ll work on your own creative projects
under the tutelage of nationally known writers, as well as study
what it means to be a professional writer, with craft lectures and
panel discussions featuring literary agents, editors, and other
luminaries in the arts. You’ll spend eight days on University
campus in an immersive and contemplative retreat-like setting, and
return home energized to tackle your course work and that dream
We’re also the only graduate creative writing program to offer
an optional track on the study of war literature and writing for
veterans. Saint Leo University has a long record of working with
the men and women of our armed forces, and we are proud to add this
program that further builds on those traditions.
I hope you will consider being a part of what we are building
here. And I would love to talk to you, about your story, your
writing goals, and how our program can help you achieve those
Steve Kistulentz, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing