Department of Writing

Creative Writing

Creative writing students learn to create original works of poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction. Students in the creative writing track learn to recognize and describe various poetic and prose forms, to analyze the creative work of others, including both professional writers and fellow students, and to reflect on their own developing personal aesthetic.

This emphasis is designed for students seeking to improve their creative writing skills, with a desire to pursue graduate education, to enhance a love and appreciation of literature, to write independently, or to improve their writing skills for a teaching career of which creative writing may be a part.

Students practice several genres of creative writing at the undergraduate level, namely drama, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students typically find careers as teachers, editors, grant-writers, program administrators, freelance journalists, or authors.

All Writing majors will need 42 credits:
12 from the core + 27 from the track + 3 from the capstone.

Core Requirements (12 credits):
WRT 200 Introduction to Professional Writing
WRT 210 Writing with Style
WRT 219 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 226 American Literature II

Literature (9 credits):
Any 200-level lit courses

Take the Three Courses in Two of the Four Genre Groups:
1. Poetry
WRT 320 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
ENG 320 Studies in Poetry
WRT 420 Advanced Poetry Workshop

2. Fiction
WRT 330 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
ENG 330 Studies in Fiction
WRT 430 Advanced Fiction Workshop

3. Drama
WRT 340 Intermediate Drama Workshop
ENG 340 Studies in Drama
WRT 440 Advanced Drama Workshop

4. Nonfiction
WRT 360 Intermediate Nonfiction
ENG 360 Studies in Nonfiction
WRT 460 Advanced Nonfiction Workshop

WRT 495 Genre and Writing (Capstone)
Explores the historical and ideological boundaries that define conventional writing genres—poetry and prose; fiction and non-fiction; literary fiction and genre fiction; academic writing and professional writing; text and hypertext; and so on. The course considers disciplinary and professional influences on genre definition as well as various ethnic, gender, and economic conceptualizations of genre.

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