The Department of English offers workshop courses in writing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and in journalism for those students who wish to gain extensive experience in writing.
English Majors who are creative writers may choose the creative writing comps option.
Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Greg Hewett and Susan Jaret Mc Kinstry, and fiction writer Gregory Blake Smith.
In addition to courses offered by regular faculty members, the department brings visiting writers to campus to read and to conduct workshops in their specialties.
Frequent visitors are Dennis Cass, freelance writer from Minneapolis, and Doug Mc Gill, editor of the .
Started and ran nationally recognized artists-in-the-schools program at P. One-term appointments as Visiting Professor at Princeton University, New York University (Graduate Division), Cooper Union, Fordham University, Adelphi University.
Short-term residencies at Duke University, Tulane University, Chatham College, Ohio State University, University of Indiana, University of Nebraska, Colgate University, St.Additional visitors have included playwright Tony Kushner, memoirists Richard Rodriguez and Patricia Hampl, poets Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds and Andrew Hudgins, nature writers Dan O’Brien and David Rains Wallace, and fiction-writers Jane Hamilton, Ann Beattie, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Marilynne Robinson.For more details, links are provided to the Course Descriptions page. Advising Consultant, Encyclopedia of the Essay, edited by Tracy Chevalier, Fitzroy Dearborn (London), 1996.Consultant, Ric Burns’ New York, a documentary film made for PBS, 1999-2002.Charles Revson Fellowship, Columbia University, 1984. Wexner Arts Center (Columbus Ohio), advisory council, 2007- present.Member, New York Film Festival selection committee, 1988–1991, 2004-2006.New York Foundation of the Arts grant in nonfiction, 1989. Collins Award for best nonfiction book of the year, for Bachelorhood, 1982.Best Teacher of the Year Award, English Department, University of Houston, 1985. New York State Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) grant, fiction, 1976. Committee of Consultants on American Writing for the Library of America Artists Advisory Council, New York Film Festival New York Institute of the Humanities (at New York University), inducted 2007.Curated film exhibitions, wrote monthly program notes, lectured.1971–1980: Project Director, Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Included teaching children (kindergarten through 6th grade) poetry and fiction writing, film, video and theater, comic book making and radio production; training writers, artists, teachers and parents to work creatively with children; starting a children’s publishing house, radio station, film festival; writing grant proposals and administering funded projects, such as a National Institute of Education research grant on art education.