Admission to the program is granted primarily on the basis of manuscript quality and the student’s promise.
On the 200-level, no prior knowledge of the genre is required.
Note: Admission to the next stage of the Creative Writing Major or the Sequence-based Minor in Creative Writing, the year-long 300-level advanced course sequences, is competitive.
Alongside classic works by Shakespeare and George Eliot you’ll study contemporary works by writers including Kazuo Ishiguro and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Genres studied include travel writing, nineteenth-century theatre and beat writing.
If you’re an aspiring writer and a literature enthusiast, this is the course combination for you.
On this course you’ll study some of the most vital and influential works of literature, as well as develop a wide range of creative writing skills and knowledge, looking at forms such as novels, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays and graphic novels.
Recent graduates of the program include Mac Arthur “Genius” Award Winner Karen Russell; Veronica Roth, whose bestselling novel “Divergent” was first drafted while she was a student; poet Peter Kline; and award-winning essayist Angela Mears.
The Creative Writing program also offers two minors; the Sequence-based Minor and, for those not pursuing one of the year-long sequences, the non-application based Cross-genre Minor in Creative Writing.
We conduct engaging and intellectually-challenging teaching in literature and creative writing.
All our academics are acclaimed writers and scholars as well as enthusiastic and experienced teachers who convey ideas and explain techniques, and methodologies enthusiastically and accessibly.