Creative Writing Alumni

Class of 2012

In June 2012, Cameron Cook began working as director of audience development at independent film company Paris MTN Scout in Greenville, SC. In October 2012, his short story, “Moans Like Sirens,” was selected to be filmed as part of the 2013 Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival; filmmaker Wade Sellers will adapt Cameron’s story. He also maintains a film blog, Underrated or Misinterpreted.

In November 2012, Daniel Dye began the Trinity College London TESOL program (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) at the International House of Bristol.

Tripp Spradley will begin coursework for a Master in Divinity at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, TX (2012).

Zach Sprouse has taken a full-time position as a paralegal for the law firm of Savage, Turner, Pinckney & Madison in Savannah, GA.

Amanda Sutker will spend two years after graduation in the Peace Corps teaching English in Ethiopia. Amanda is keeping a blog about her experiences.

Class of 2011

Mary Carpenter has taken a job as the Executive Assistant at flower magazine in Birmingham, AL. In the spring term of her junior year, Mary interned at flower. Read her official online welcome from flower here.

TJ Dempsey has begun writing for the Examiner.com as the Greenville, SC, DVD examiner. Check out his work here.

Amanda Eason will begin graduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (summer 2012).

In December 2011, Akeem Favor accepted a position as a Program Coordinator for FABBS in Washington, D.C. FABBS, which is the Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences, is a part of the American Psychological Association. Among Akeem’s duties will be creating web pages for the organization. In May 2012, he became a member of the news staff at Edge Media Network.

Class 0f 2010

For the next two to three years after graduation, William Baker will be working in Bratislava, Slovakia, with Trans World Radio, an international broadcast organization. As content editor for anything written in English, William will find creative ways to use the internet as well as print.

In 2010, Lori Garvin began work on an M.A. in Human Nutrition at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.

Micah Mallory McCann works at Resource Financial Services in Columbia, SC.

Callie Murr will teach English for a year at L’Académie de Limoges in France (specifically the high school Lycée Renoir).

In November 2010, Erin Smith was accepted into the master of arts in teaching program at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.

In summer 2010, Caroline Todd Whitney began work on her MFA in Children’s Literature at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

After graduation, Katie Turpen worked in New Orleans with a program called YAV (Young Adult Volunteer) through the Presbyterian Church (USA). In Fall 2012, she will begin coursework for a master’s in Journalism at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Class of 2009

Currently in Westchester County, New York, Charlie Johnson writes for The Town Report.

In 2010, Nichole Rowe Grant completed her Master of Arts in Teaching (English) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Class of 2008

Luke Rodgers joined the Myachi team full time in Summer 2008, and he currently works at FAO Schwarz in New York City. The New York Times wrote an article about Luke and his co-workers, available here. If you check out the accompanying slide show, you can see Luke in slides 5, 6, and 9. Check out the official Myachi website.

From 2008-2009, Jeremy White taught high school math in Athens, Georgia. In Fall 2010, he began the PhD program in mathematics at Clemson University.

Class of 2007

Currently, Elisabeth Behringer (creative writing minor) works in Frankfurt, Germany, as the Manager of PR & Communications for Worldhotels, an independent hotel group. Elisabeth says, “As I do write every day as part of my position, I would say I get to use my Creative Writing degree quite a lot.”

Emily Davenport Fieg has an internship with a film/tv company in Atlanta, where she is involved in shooting some pilot episodes (to air on cable) and setting up a company web page.

In 2007, Mary Giddings Dunlap took a position as a Communications Specialist with Fluor Daniel in Greenville. She says, “The job basically entails me doing the layout and design (AND WRITING) for the employee publication each month! I will be the assistant to the Editor of the publication, meanwhile traveling to do interviews with various employees of the company.”

In June 2009, Jacky Gypin (creative writing minor) went back to Italy, where she taught for a month at an English language summer camp. In July, she headed to Greece, where she worked as an au pair for a six-year-old boy. Currently, Jacky works at an English Language School, called California School of Languages, in Santa Monica as the housing and admissions coordinator. In her spare time, she has also become a full blown TV star, beginning with The Ellen DeGeneres Show(watch Jacky in Ellen’s game Who Dat? here).  Jacky’s also been seen in the audiences of American IdolDancing with the Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

In July 2007, Ryan Naus moved to Williamstown, Kentucky, and took a position as a staff writer with The Grant County News. You can see some of his work here.

After receiving a master’s in journalism from the Annenberg School of Communications at USC in Los Angeles, Amanda Rossie began a PhD in Women’s Studies at Ohio State University in Fall 2009. She’s been awarded two fellowships, one from the Women’s Studies department and one from the Graduate School. In Fall 2009, her essay, “Looking to the Margins: The ‘Outsider Within’ Journalistic Fiction,” was published in the first volume of The IJPC Journal (Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture). 

Class of 2006

In Fall 2006, Katy Falk began graduate studies at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee; she will graduate in spring 2010 and then begin a one-year residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

In 2008, Laura Knowles Cavanaugh received her M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminar in Pasadena, CA. She currently works as the Managing Editor for the Fuller Writing Center.

Class of 2005

Julia Koets graduated from the University of South Carolina with an MFA in Poetry in 2008. While at USC, she worked at the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and was the poetry editor at the USC’s literary journal, Yemassee. Julia has published several poems, including “For Julia in Little Armenia” in undefined Magazine, “Gentle Corners of the Night” in Euphony, and “Fallen” in Cutthroat. Currently (2009-2010), Julia works near Los Angeles with lower-income youth in an AmeriCorps program called the Academy for Literacy Through the Arts. As part of the program—which organizes, plans, recruits volunteers, etc. for arts-based literacy events—Julia has given several poetry workshops in schools and at community events. She also helps with the monthly arts-based Big Read events, and she’s also mentored two middle and high school-level girls groups. In 2012, Julia’s first book of poetry, Hold Like Owls, was published as the seventh annual winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize; she wrote an essay about the book for Azalea Magazine, which you can read here. On 15 May 2012, her poem “Paper Birds” appeared on Verse Daily.

Class of 2003

Jennifer Dorminey graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens in 2006. While at UGA, Jennifer was a member of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and her note entitled “‘Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit’: Should the United States’ FDA Have Followed the Lead of Great Britain’s MHRA in Banning Antidepressant Drug Use in Children and Adolescents?” was published in the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law34.1 (2005). She also received the Notes Editor of the Year Award for 2005-2006. Jennifer returned to her hometown of Tifton, Georgia, as an associate in the law firm of Hall, Booth, Smith, & Slover.

Jill Walker completed her MFA in creative nonfiction at St. Mary’s College of California.