Creative Writing


The English Department offers a Certificate of Concentration in Creative Writing to students who have completed fifteen or more credits in creative writing and/or related courses. The Concentration is open to students from any major. It is designed to give participants a firm artistic and critical foundation in one or more creative writing genres. The Concentration allows students to hone their writing skills closely over the course of several semesters with different members of the writing faculty. It is an excellent preparation for students hoping to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in writing degree. A student fulfilling requirements for the Concentration will receive a letter of certification from the English Department following graduation.

All students wishing to fulfill the requirements for a Concentration in Creative Writing must take Introduction to Creative Writing (formerly English 1701, now English 2701) and a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:

At least six credits of the following creative writing workshop courses:
ENGL 3701 – Creative Writing II
ENGL 3703 – Advanced Creative Writing
ENGL 3705/DRAM 3141 – Playwriting
ENGL 3701, 3703, and 3705 may be repeated for credit toward graduation and the concentration with a change in topic
ENGL 3707 – 3709 – Film Writing
ENGL 3711 – Writing for Child and Young Adult Audiences
ENGL 3715E- Nature Writing Workshop

At least three credits of literature focused on the close study of a single genre.
ENGL 2401- Poetry
ENGL 2405 – Drama
ENGL 2407 – The Short Story
ENGL 2408 – Modern Drama
ENGL 2409 – The Modern Novel

Electives include ENGL 2413 – The Graphic Novel, ENGL 3003W – Advanced Expository Writing, ENGL 3012- Book Publishing, ENGL 3013-Media Publishing, ENGL 3403 – Modern Poetry in English, and ENGL 3713- Literary Magazine Editing. Another course in Literature may be used as an elective with permission of the Creative Writing Program Director. Please note that there are restrictions on the number of writing courses that can apply to both the English major and the Concentration in Creative Writing. For further information on the restrictions, contact English Staff Advisor Inda Watrous at For more information about Creative Writing, please visit the Creative Writing Program website.

Courses applied toward the Concentration must be completed with a letter grade and cannot be taken as pass/fail.

English majors following catalog requirements prior to 2017 should review the information on the plan of study pages for details about Creative Writing course restrictions under Distribution Requirement Two of the major. You should also carefully monitor your Academic Requirements report in the Student Admin system. If you have questions about how these restrictions affect your graduation requirements, please contact

Students should complete the online Application for a Concentration Certificate in Creative Writing when they submit the final plan of study.