Creative Writing


A minor in Creative Writing will teach students to write with a critical and creative eye. Students will be exposed to the art of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to hone skills. Through creative writing workshops and tailored feedback, students have the opportunity to strengthen their abilities and explore the wonders and mysteries of writing.


Below is a list of courses that are required to earn a minor in Creative Writing. Take a look at the list below to help give you an idea of classes within this program. Be sure to review the official requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Required Courses

ENG 105 Fundamentals of Writing Fiction and Poetry    Credit Hours: 3 
This course explores the fundamental nature of literature, both poetry and fiction, and the writing process. Students will examine a wide variety of poetry and prose. There will be discussions of student work both in class and in conferences with the instructor.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of the instructor

ENG 220 Advanced Techniques in Writing     Credit Hours: 3
This course will act as an intermediate workshop, designed to further enhance each student’s poetic and fictive voice. The course reviews and reinforces fundamental principles of poesy and fictional composition. Writers will write longer and more complex exercises and completed projects. This course will prepare writing students for advanced workshops in a variety of creative writing forms– poetry, short story, novel writing, and creative non-fiction.
Prerequisite: ENG 105

Choose 3 of the following:

ENG 310 Studies in Poetry    Credit Hours: 3 
This is a course variable topics course providing an in-depth study of prosody, some particular genre such as the lyric, epic, sonnet, or some particular topic such as war, journeys, love, nature, marriage, and death. The topic will vary. The course may be repeated with a change of content up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course 

ENG 312 Studies in the Novel    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a variable topics course providing an in-depth study of the novel either by period, topic, or author. The course may be repeated with a change of content up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course 

ENG 313 Studies in Dramatic Literature    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a variable topics course providing an in-depth study of the texts of plays either by period, topic, genre (within the dramatic form), or author. The course may be repeated with a change of course content.
Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course

ENG 322 Advanced Composition     Credit Hours: 3
This course is an intensive study and practice of various expository methods and persuasive writing. This course is a requirement for all capstone projects.
Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course

ENG 350 Selected Topics in Creative Writing    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of selected topics in creative writing.

ENG 380 Creative Non-Fiction    Credit Hours: 3
This workshop-style course provides advanced students with the opportunity to apply their writing skills in non-fiction prose genres, such as journalism and scientific writing. It emphasizes research techniques and refines dramatic expression so as to engage an audience.
Prerequisite: ENG 220, or Instructor approval

ENG 460 Senior Thesis – Writing Phase    Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide graduating seniors one-on-one emphasis for their capstone senior thesis project. This project will include both a creative work, such as a book of stories, a book of poetry, or a novel. It will also include a theoretical introduction which will include analysis of not only the writing process but also of the author’s theoretical approach to his or her work.
Prerequisite: Senior level students only

You may choose any other ENG course. Course must consist of at least 3 credit hours total to satisfy this requirement. 

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Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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