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Creative Writing

Faculty: Edward G. Bierhaus, Jr. (emeritus), Sebastian Matthews, Peter Turchi, Ann Turkle (Chair), Valerie Bandura (Joan Beebe Fellow),

It is the aim of the Creative Writing major to prepare graduates who will have the academic background, skills, and experience to pursue a wide variety of possible callings. Our goal can be expressed in three strands of experience: the program trains students to read as writers, exposing them to models of effective writing in many genres and equipping students to detect some of the choices the authors were making as they wrote; the students are encouraged to write in many forms, rather than concentrate on a single genre; and students are helped to bring their creative work and their growing skills into the campus and larger community through publications, readings, and internships.

The course of study includes a strong exposure to American and English literatures, an examination of the structure and usage of our language, practice writing creatively in a variety of forms, the opportunity to hear and learn from practicing writers, and an introduction to the larger world the practicing writer must negotiate.

Major in Creative Writing

Requirements: A total of 48 credits as follows: (All starred courses can be repeated for up to 8 credits)

1. WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction

2. Three courses from the following:

ENG 210 Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others
WRI 211/311 Creative Writing: Poetry *
WRI 212/312 Creative Writing: Fiction *
WRI 213/313 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction *
WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency *

3. WRI 230 Modern English Grammar

4. ENG 330 Linguistics and History of the English Language: An Introduction and Survey

5. Four from among the following English courses.

a. One from the following:

ENG 335 Medieval Life and Literature
ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Ann Period
ENG 345 Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment Period

b. One from the following:

ENG 337 Romanticism
ENG 338 Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period
ENG 339 Modernism
ENG 347 Colonial and Post-colonial Literature

c. One from the following:

ENG 215 Epic-Heroic Mode
ENG 340 Chaucer
ENG 341 Shakespeare
ENG 343 Milton

d. One other course from English Department offerings. Recommendations:

ENG 130 Scriptural and Doctrinal Backgrounds to Western Culture
ENG 131 Classical Backgrounds to Western Culture
ENG 151 Introduction to Fiction
ENG 155 Introduction to Reading Poetry
ENG 265-268 The Novel

6. Two other courses in writing or research to include but not be limited to those under "item 2) above" and courses in journalism, technical writing, writing in the professions (e.g. PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Sciences or WRI 232 Argumentation), and the following:

WRI 142 Introduction to Writing for the Media
WRI 210/310 Creative Writing: Playwriting*
WRI 220 Writing About Place
WRI 312 Advanced Fiction Workshop
WRI 313 Advanced Poetry Workshop
WRI 320 Environmental Journalism

7. The following:

a. A substantial internship in writing
b. A substantial senior writing project: a collection of finished short stories, novel chapters, non-fiction pieces, or poetry totaling approximately forty pages
c. WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio: Professional Practices

Please see the Chair of the Writing Department for detailed guidelines for senior writing projects and internships.

*Starred courses may be repeated for credit.

(See also English/Creative Writing under Programs of Study: English)

Minor in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Minor permits students with a strong interest in writing to combine this interest with study in other fields. The minor gives the student an opportunity to write extensively in a variety of genres and to pursue an independent writing project.

Requirements: 26 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Three courses from the following:
    ENG 210 Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others
    WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction
    WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting
    WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry
    WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction
    WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
    WRI 201-205 Advanced Composition
    WRI 320 Environmental Journalism
    WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency

  2. WRI 230 Modern English Grammar
  3. One course from the following:
    ENG 151 Introduction to Fiction
    ENG 155 Introduction to Reading Poetry
    ENG 265-268 The Novel
    ENG 330 Linguistics and History of the English Language: An Introduction and Survey

  4. One other four-credit writing-intensive course including WRI, ENG, Special Topics, or research courses offered by other disciplines (e.g., ICS 296 Journal Writing: Exploration of Cultural Patterns; WRI 220 Writing about Place; WRI 142 Introduction to Writing for the Media; PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Science).
  5. Students must choose a practical experience or a senior writing project. Students may choose to do both. They may also enroll in WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio: Professional Practices.
    PLEASE NOTE: Students must apply for admission to the major and the minor by submitting samples of their work and proposing a plan of study.