Click here to find out more about our program, or email our Student Affairs Administrator with questions!While the purpose of the program is, above all, to give students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers, it differs from the professional, free-standing creative writing programs at other universities in seeing itself as an integral part of the university’s intellectual life, and most particularly in providing opportunities for interdisciplinary work.
Students from Latin America, Spain and the USA come to our department to develop as writers under the guidance of an award-winning faculty.
Our department also offers an online MFA in Creative Writing.
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The minor in creative writing requires five courses.
For English majors who want to minor in creative writing, two courses required for the major will be allowed to overlap and fulfill the requirements of the minor.
Homes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Christina Lazaridi, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Tracy K. Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers, and each year 25 to 30 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis: a novel, a screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems or translations.
Writers of national and international distinction visit campus throughout the year to participate in the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series and to discuss their work.
by José de Piérola (New York: Kernpukt Press, 2018).
The Creative Writing Program offers workshop courses in fiction and poetry writing, and sponsors the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series during the academic year.