The Creative Writing Program offers students experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to writing. The curriculum emphasizes both creative process and critical reading practices, preparing writers to participate in contemporary writing culture and for a range of language and media-centered careers.
The Creative Writing Major (30 hours) and Minor (21 hours) emphasize experimentation and interdisciplinarity through exploration of poetry, fiction, hybrid genre and multimedia literature. The current curriculum includes a comprehensive approach to creative writing that incorporates both experience with critical reading and thinking and experience with multimedia, multigenre writing practices. We offer a sequence of workshops that introduces students to a wide variety of writing styles, methods, and forms as well as enables them to focus on a selected area of interest. By reading and critiquing their peers’ works, students will deeply engage in a culture of peer collaboration and review. By reading literary models and theoretical contexts, students will sharpen their ability to read in a variety of styles, genres, and contemporary trends as they are trained to attend to the linguistic textures and structures of texts.
Through classroom visits, specialized workshops, and a formal reading series, students will enter into dialogue with local and national authors. Students completing this program will have both interacted with professionals in their field and witnessed several versions of a professional literary convention, the reading.
Elective courses are designed to broaden students’ interaction in a larger arena of the arts and encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach to their own writing. For this reason, we encourage students to consider Art, Philosophy, or Communication, Media and Theater Arts as possible minors, and we include selected upper-level courses from these programs as eligible for our Restricted Electives. The program guides students’ exploration of creativity and the arts as well as the personal and social role of language and literature.
The Creative Writing Major promotes community engagement through two capstone projects—a public reading and publication of a chapbook. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to attend literary events and performances and to work on Cellar Roots, an award-winning undergraduate literary magazine.