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Acclaimed Novelist Empowers Students as Artists

Professor Dana Spiotta aims to demystify the writing process for students in the esteemed creative writing program.

Dana Spiotta loves the sense of discovery that comes with writing fiction. As an English professor and author of five novels, she imparts this passion to students in the creative writing program in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, inviting them to grapple with the challenges inherent in the writing process. Her newest novel, Wayward, is a New York Times Critics’ Top Pick of the Year that delves into the complexity of individual experience while revealing the author’s appreciation for the history, architecture and natural beauty of the Syracuse area. Spiotta draws inspiration from teaching students and is committed to empowering the ever-widening community of artists being nurtured through the program.

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The College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing major is designed for students who have an intense interest in cultivating the skills, knowledge and inventiveness needed to write creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

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