Stetson University endows Creative Writing Program with $3.5 million donation

A Stetson couple who have asked to remain anonymous are donating $3.5 million to Stetson University to endow its Creative Writing Program. University officials believe this is one of the largest endowments ever established for an undergraduate writing program in the United States.

Stetson President Doug Lee said the Creative Writing Program endowment will permanently fund 15 scholarships for creative writers, five creative writing courses each year and visits to campus by well-known writers, such as this spring’s lecturer, former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand. It also enables the English Department to send students and faculty to writing conferences and to give creative writing awards to students each spring. Writing students can earn an academic minor through the program.

A capstone for the program will be an endowment for a distinguished chair in Creative Writing – the recipient of which will direct the program, Lee said. This is the second endowed chair established at Stetson this year. Poet Terri Witek, a faculty member in the English Department since 1989, has been selected as the first professor to hold the new Chair in Creative Writing.

For more information, read the full news release.

Sullivan Endowment profiled

Stetson University's Tim Sullivan Endowment for Creative Writing was recently profiled on the university's web site as part of a series of Stetson Stories. Written by Sullivan scholar and English major Kaitlin Mondello, the piece, Sullivan endowment supports next generation of writers, examines the program and profiles one of its participants.

It explains how the program "was founded a decade ago by Palm Beach (Fla.) residents Art and Melissa Sullivan in hopes of establishing a program at Stetson University that would produce the next great generation of writers." Read more here.

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