Creative Writing Concentrations


The Creative Writing Concentration in the English major: This concentration allows students to pursue creative writing at a high level in the context of advanced literary study.  The concentration fosters the study of the history and practice of individual genres and of new hybrid forms. Students are offered the opportunity to work closely with the university's full-time writing faculty: poet Elizabeth Willis, the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing; biographer Lisa Cohen; novelist Deb Olin Unferth; and editor Anne Greene.  Recent visiting faculty include such distinguished writers as Hilton Als, Andre Aciman, Paul La Farge, Douglas A. Martin, Clifford Chase, and Susan Howe.  Enrollment in creative writing courses in the English Department is not limited to English majors.

Creative Writing in the College of Letters:  Creative writing has long been an important component of the College of Letters curriculum, with an entry-level and an advanced course offered every year and open to students in all majors.  COL majors are encouraged to write creative honors theses. 

The Writing Certificate: The university's new certificate in writing is open to students in any field of study who wish to make writing an area of concentration.  Certificate courses include journalism, arts criticism, fiction, poetry, drama, biography, writing on science for non-specialists, and others.  In addition to fulfilling the coursework requirements for the certificate, students create a portfolio of their work and present their writing in public.  The certificate sponsors a number of courses that carry the WRCT designation.  Among the recent certificate faculty are novelist Paula Sharp, who taught the senior seminar; and novelist Amy Bloom, the Kim-Frank Family University Writer-in-Residence.