Society of Creative Writers

USCB's Society of Creative Writers is dedicated to sharing a passion for the written word with like-minded peers. This student-led group allows writers of any experience level to share their work, get constructive criticism and other feedback from classmates, network or just hang out and talk about writing.  The group typically meets on campus once a week (For Spring 2015, meetings are scheduled for Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Lazy Lounge!) and holds a public reading at the end of the semester.  Each semester, society members and other contributors from diverse majors across USCB assemble their work in the university's literary magazine, The Pen, which reaches out to fellow students and the community to showcase a taste of the university's broad range of creative talent.

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the pen fall 2014The Pen

The Pen is a biannual publication of the Society of Creative Writers, produced under the supervision of the English and Theater Department at the University South Carolina Beaufort. The Pen features the original work of USCB students typically in the realm of creative writing, which includes primarily fiction and poetry, as well as other creative arts, such as photography. The aim of The Pen is to highlight commendable, creative student work and provide students a place where their work may be published with credit.

Criteria for publication: In order to be considered for publication in The Pen, writers must be current USCB students or prior students with no more than 2 years since their last active semester.  Students need not be enrolled in an English course to submit work.  All work submitted for publication must be original, unpublished and preferably produced while the writer was a USCB student. All types of creative writing, art and other expression will be happily considered. To submit, or for more information, email the editorial board at

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Fall 2014
Edited by Alexis Henderson, Bill Lisbon, Ciera Love, and Kat Trent. Cover photograph (right) by Bill Lisbon.

Selected Past Editions:

Spring 2012Edited by Samantha C. Phillips (BA English '13).
Spring 2011Edited by T.R. Kirkpatrick (BA English '11) and Cindy White (BA English '11).