The Aggie Creative Collective

Words of Wisdom

There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them.

— Mason Cooley

A graphic with both images and text that reads, "The Aggie Creative Collective, where creativity and scholarship meet. The collective is a fun summer program for exploring creative scholarship." The images depict a book, a palette, an easel, a lightbulb, and a pencil.

The Aggie Creative Collective, supported by the University Writing Center, Department of English, Department of Visualization, and LAUNCH, is a new and expanding summer program that links creative arts, undergraduate scholarly research, and performance.

Undergraduate students, under the guidance of TAMU creative writing and visualization faculty, will spend five weeks (one summer session) developing a research question tied to a long-term creative project of their choice. Potential creative projects include but are not limited to the following options: novel or graphic novel, creative non-fiction, interactive experiences, short prose or poetry collection, short animation or film, screenplay, staged play, traditional studio arts, web comics, and VR. Admitted students are awarded a $500 scholarship.

By the end of the summer, participants will have developed a project that might become a submission for a capstone program, a creative publication, or a proposal for a creative thesis in LAUNCH's Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS). ACC participants are strongly encouraged to apply to URS. If accepted, they will work with a faculty advisor to develop their undergraduate creative thesis project during the fall and spring semesters, adhering to LAUNCH's creative works thesis template.

During the five-week collective meetings, participants will refine a sample of their creative work. In workshops and through individual conferences, they will learn about creative research, develop their creative projects, and refine their performance skills. The Aggie Creative Collective will culminate in a short performative presentation of their creative works in progress.

Apply by midnight on Friday, April 14th, at the link below!


  • To learn and engage in scholarly creative research methodologies
  • To deepen participants' understanding of craft skills in art, poetry, prose, graphic novels, screenwriting, interactive experiences, visual works or playwriting and further sculpt a creative sample piece for performance or other appropriate public presentations
  • To work with established faculty members and visiting writers in a small-group environment and through individual consultations to strengthen creative skills and projects
  • To develop a plan to move their creative project forward as a proposal for the creative thesis URS option, for publication in the Eckleburg Project or Explorations, or another long-term outcome

Apply to The Aggie Creative Collective.

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