The Writer's Path at SMU

Creative Writing


Winter Registration is OPEN!


It's been a yearning since you opened your first book. It's been a longing since you picked up your first pencil. It's been a burning since The Idea first entered your mind.

You want to write. We teach you how.

Join us at The Writer's Path at SMU. We're a home for adults who are following the desire and fulfilling the dream of writing a book. Fiction or non-fiction, short story or personal essay, we are the place to learn craft, find allies and embrace the practice of writing. Our classes are non-credit, adult education, once a week for four to six weeks, in the evening, on the main Dallas SMU campus. Classes must be taken in order, one at a time, because they build on each other.

Want to hear what we're about? Click here to listen to authors/instructors, Kay Honeyman, Daniel J. Hale and program director J. Suzanne Frank, on KERA's Think, talk about The Writer's Path at SMU.

    *What is your first step? Creative Writing Foundation in the entry class for EVERYONE. This five-week class is where you meet the allies who will take this journey with you. It's where you feed your curiosity about what kinds of writing you can do and experiment with storytelling. It's also where you begin to build the habit of daily writing into your lifestyle. This winter, choose a Monday night or Tuesday night class

If you've taken Foundation and want to write fiction, next take Story. You'll learn how to build the skeleton of your story, so it has the elements necessary to be strong and vital. From there, your next class is Plot where you flesh out the story. Then Chapters helps you -- with weekly accountability and critique -- progress through the writing process.

Memoir helps you form experience into story and Stakes helps you understand how to make what matters to you, matter in your writing.

Want to learn, in person, about the entire Path? Join Program Director J. Suzanne Frank at the January Info Session -- free and open to the public! January 14, 7-8 p.m., Dallas Hall 357.


Step onto the Path.