The Creative Writing Department's focus is on creative process rather than on specialization in any one genre. Requirements are designed to foster a rapport with all forms of literary expression and to promote community among our majors.
Foundation courses: CRWR 104 Nonfiction Workshop I, CRWR 105 Poetry Workshop I, and CRWR 107 Fiction Workshop I.
Intermediate courses: CRWR 204 Nonfiction Workshop II, CRWR 205 Poetry Workshop II, and CRWR 207 Fiction Workshop II.
Advanced Courses: Each student chooses at least one advanced writing course in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction writing: CRWR 304, 305, or 307.
Advanced Seminars: Each student must take at least TWO sections of CRWR 310 Creative Writing Seminar or CRWR 311 Literary Magazines.
ADDITIONAL Courses: Each student must take two additional courses, which may include additional sections of CRWR 310 Creative Writing Seminar, CRWR 311 Literary Magazines, Visiting Writers Series seminar, and major-advisor approved courses in literature.
Senior Portfolio: In the senior year, each student must enroll in at least two sections of CRWR 441: Senior Portfolio and complete a significant manuscript in a specific genre.
By the beginning of the sophomore year, the student who intends to major in creative writing is expected to choose one of the department's resident writers as an academic advisor and, with that individual, plan an appropriate three-year schedule.
Foundation and intermediate level courses are taken in all genres. At the advanced level, the student chooses one genre to pursue. Additional advanced level workshops and seminars in all genres are strongly encouraged.
The minor is designed for students to explore creative expression as part of a broad education. The minor in Creative Writing consists of a minimum of 28 credits:
CRWR 104, 105, 107, 204, 205, 207, 310.
Advanced level workshops and seminars are recommended.