The Writer's Path at SMU

Creative Writing


Fall II Registration Open Now!

New to our program? Everyone starts at Creative Writing Foundation

Taken Foundation and ready to write fiction? STORY is next!

Finished Story and ready to delve deeper? PLOT is for you!

Writing scenes? CHAPTERS is what you need!

OR have you taken Foundation and want to work on a Memoir?


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.

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, held 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.

 Start your writing journey on the Path. 


Our greatest asset at The Writer's Path is our author/instructors.

Kay Honeyman is an alum of the program and our resident YA author and expert. Get to know her better HERE

Daniel J. Hale (alum), Agatha-Award winning novelist, gently guides writers. Get to know him better, HERE

J.Suzanne Frank, who started here, is our fearless leader, so jump HERE to learn more.

Amanda Arista is our home-grown fantasy and women's fiction author. Get to know her better HERE.

Carmen Goldthwaite is a fixture in Texas nonfiction writing. Get to know her better HERE

Get to know alum and sci-fi whiz Keith Goodnight a little better, right HERE.

Rachel Goodman writes Romance and teaches Query. Get to know her better HERE

Tex Thompson wrangles grammar and writes fantasy westerns. Get to know here better HERE