Creative Writing is the fastest-growing emphasis and minor in the English Department. The program requires an introductory course previewing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama; three intermediate workshop/survey courses; one advanced workshop in the genre of your choice; and craft, theory, and history electives. A student who completes this program will generate and revise writing in varied genres, and will practice close reading, written and verbal analysis, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, innovation, organizational and research skills, and the processes that lead to publication. The emphasis requires attention to and respect for history, humanity, and diverse personalities, cultures, and communities. It demands engagement with that most basic human power, the imagination, in such a way that students reach others, expand their innate talents, and prepare to fulfill their creative ambitions. 


Motivating Questions

  • What kinds of writing are “creative”?
  • What techniques and attitudes of mind allow us to successfully reproduce experience through words that others will read?
  • What are the differences, in structure, look, and content between the various poetry and prose forms? Why do they matter?
  • How do we help each other revise so that our work reaches its greatest potential? That is, how do we most constructively learn to give and receive feedback on our work?
  • How do we enter the ranks of published authors?
  • How can we contribute to the literature of the communities we belong to?
  • How has the web and digital production of texts changed what it means to compose, to read, and to be persuasive?

Courses Overview

As do all graduates of the Department of English and Literature, creative writers will demonstrate, via portfolio, development in critical reading, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and multimodal written and verbal communication; become qualified to apply competitively for positions in graduate and other professional schools, teaching, or other professions requiring creative and innovative writing skills; and otherwise prepare themselves for a future in which critical thinking, awareness of multi-modal texts and communication, and humanistic sensibilities are paramount. 

What Can I Do with Creative Writing?

  • Copywriter
  • Creative Nonfictionist (memoirist, biographer, cultural critic & commentator)
  • Consultant
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Freelance Writer/Consultant
  • Marketing specialist
  • Novelist
  • Poet
  • Pre-Professional Preparation for law school, business school, and other advanced degrees
  • Reviewer
  • Screenwriter
  • Short Story Writer
  • Writing Coach

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