Concentration in Creative Writing

Hone your talent and learn the craft of creative writing

Creative Writing offers a wide range of courses and activities to help you hone your craft and deepen your awareness of contemporary creative writing genres. Courses in Creative Writing include the following:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Literary editing and publishing
  • Creative writing for teachers

For more information contact:

Kyle Minor
Director of the Creative Writing Program
Associate Professor of English
Cavanaugh 501R

Creative Writing Requirements

The concentration in Creative Writing requires 33 credit hours.

Gateway Courses (6 cr.)

Choose two:

  • ENG-W 206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG-W 207 Introduction to Fiction Writing (suggested for majors)
  • ENG-W 208 Introduction to Poetry Writing (suggested for majors)

Concentration Core Courses (12 cr.)

Choose four courses in at least two genres, including at least one at the 400 level:

  • ENG W301 Writing Fiction
  • ENG W302 Screenwriting
  • ENG W303 Writing Poetry
  • ENG W305 Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG W401 Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG W403 Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENG W407 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENG W411 Directed Writing (only with permission)

English Experience Courses (12 cr.):

Literature (9 cr)

Three courses at the 200-level or higher; at least one of which must be 300-400 level.

Language, Pedagogy, and Editing (3 cr)

Choose from:

  • ENG W280 Literary Editing and Publishing
  • ENG W310 Language and the Study of Writing
  • ENG W365 Theory and Practice of Editing
  • ENG W408 Creative Writing for Teachers
  • ENG W426 Writing Nonfiction: Popular and Professional Publication
  • ENG Z206 Introduction to Language Use
  • ENG Z301 History of the English Language
  • ENG Z302 Understanding Language Structure: Syntax
  • ENG Z310 Language in Context: Sociolinguistics

Capstone Seminar (3 cr.)

  • ENG-E 450

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree.