Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing concentration offers English majors the opportunity to focus on the craft and art of writing, editing, and analyzing their own original work and the work of established writers and peer writers within a selected genre. The concentration offers three different levels of workshops: introductory, intermediate, and advanced. The concentration may be completed by pursuing a fiction or poetry track, and eventually, a creative non-fiction track.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared for further studies in literature and/or writing and editing, as well as the more traditional post-graduate careers. Students who satisfy the departmental requirements for honors can achieve honors in creative writing through work in a senior seminar or individual study.

 Concentration requirements:

  • Linguistics 101
  • 15 hours in writing courses, including 302A, Introduction to Creative Writing; 314, The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing; and a 400-level Creative Writing Seminar
  • English 295
  • One 300-level course in linguistics
  • 3 courses in literature, one of which must be a course that predominantly teaches one genre, as appropriate for a student’s individual track. See link to right and consult with faculty advisor for course offerings that fulfill this requirement.
  • One elective course in the major

Students who begin the concentration their junior year will have at least one semester in which they take two writing courses, unless they choose to take a summer course in the concentration.

Course offerings:

English 302A: Introduction to Creative Writing

English 304: Creative Writing: Poetry

English 305: Creative Writing: Fiction

English 306F: Memoir Writing

English 306: Topics in Creative Writing (past offerings have included Memoir Writing, Writing Adolescent Fiction, and Travel and Nature Writing)

English 312: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

English 470: Seminar in Creative Writing

English 472: Seminar in Praxis

English 314: The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing

Not all courses are offered every semester.

Genre courses that meet the CW concentration to take a literature course primarily in one genre (all courses have preface ENGL):

Fiction

326
327
335
336

338
340
342
351
353
355
356
357
358
364
378
385
415
461

Poetry:

309
310
320
322
325
335
336
366
371
413
458
472
474

Creative Nonfiction:

328
329