Concentration in Creative Writing

The English Department offers a Certificate of Concentration in Creative Writing to students who have completed fifteen or more credits in creative writing and/or related courses. The concentration is open to students from any major. It is designed to give participants a firm artistic and critical foundation in one or more creative writing genres. The concentration allows students to hone their writing skills closely over the course of several semesters with different members of the writing faculty. It is an excellent preparation for students hoping to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in writing. A student fulfilling requirements for the concentration will receive a letter of certification from the English Department following graduation.

All students wishing to fulfill the requirements for a Concentration in Creative Writing must take English 1701 – Introduction to Creative Writing and a minimum of twelve credits from the following three-credit courses:

At least six credits of the following creative writing workshop courses:

ENGL 3701 – Creative Writing II
ENGL 3703 – Advanced Creative Writing
ENGL 3705/DRAM 3141 – Playwriting
ENGL 3701, 3703, and 3705 may be repeated for credit toward graduation and the concentration with a change in topic
ENGL 3707 – 3709 – Film Writing
ENGL 3711 – Writing for Child and Young Adult Audiences

At least three credits of literature focused on the close study of a single genre.

ENGL 2401 – Poetry
ENGL 2405 – Drama
ENGL 2407 – The Short Story
ENGL 2408 – Modern Drama
ENGL 2409 – The Modern Novel
ENGL 3403 – Modern Poetry in English

Electives include ENGL 3003W – Advanced Expository Writing, ENGL 3011/W – Publishing, ENGL 3012- Book Publishing, ENGL 3013-Media Publishing, and ENGL 3713- Literary Magazine Editing. Another course in Literature may be used as an elective with permission of the Creative Writing Program Director.

Please note that there are some restrictions on the number of writing courses that can apply to both the English  major and the Concentration in Creative Writing. For further information, contact Inda Watrous in the Undergraduate Advisory Office, Austin 209.

For more information about Creative Writing, please visit the Creative Writing Program website.


Revised 12/8/2015