Creative Writing program featured in byFaith magazine
“One wonders what Eudora Welty might think if she could gaze out her window at the young writers scurrying about the campus of Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss.—her discerning eyes wearing a worn path across the lawn.” So begins Adam Miller’s article “Training a new Generation of Christian Writers” in the fall 2009 edition of byFaith magazine. Miller describes creative writing director Dr. Randy Smith as “helping carry the torch of academic rigor and literary acuity fueled by a Reformed Christian worldview,” and includes Smith’s emphasis on writers as “explorers of the human condition and of the complexity of creation.”
With Belhaven’s standing as the only Christian college in the US offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and one of only 26 undergraduate institutions offering such a degree, the program is well-positioned to make a statement in the world of writing. In the closing paragraphs of the byFaith article, Dr. Smith emphasizes the importance of his writers becoming saturated with the biblical worldview. He says his hope for his students is that they “will offer the full range of human experience digested from a Christian worldview perspective” in their creative works.