Creative Writing Major - Fiction

" ... my allegiance is always to the imagination. I think that's what a fiction writer's allegiance should be for. Even a so-called realist writer is finally not a journalist. If you want to have an allegiance to fact, then you probably ought to be working in a different genre." 

- Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence


Simon Han, senior writing major (fiction), has won second place in the college division of the 2010 Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Creative Writing Contest.




15 Courses, as follows: 

(Note: No creative writing course may be taken pass/fail or audited)

Three Introductory Courses* (only two are needed for application to the major) 
206 Reading & Writing Poetry**
207 Reading & Writing Fiction  (pre-requisite: 206)
208 Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction  (pre-requisite: 206)

Year-long Creative Writing Sequence (3 credits):
394 Theory & Practice of Fiction

392 The Situation of Writing

Six 300-level literature classes*** (from English Department offerings ONLY):
2 on material written prior to 1830
2 on material written after 1830
2 from any era

Two non-literature, Related Courses,****

from other department(s) that broaden a student’s background for the study of literature. Must be approved by a creative writing advisor

*    The School for Continuing Studies also offer courses under English 206, 207, and

      208. These courses do not count toward the English Major in Creative Writing.
**   Freshmen may not enroll in this class until their first spring quarter. In order to

      keep the class open to potential majors and minors, seniors may not take 206.
***  Students who have completed both sections of either American Literary

      Traditions (270-1,2) or British Literary Traditions (210-1,2) can use these two

      courses to count as ONE of these six literature courses.

**** Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed

      this requirement.

August 16, 2010