Creative Writing Major - Creative Nonfiction

"[Creative Nonfiction] opens new modes to the energies of poetry and fiction. There are a myriad of exciting things happening in this genre."

-Professor Mary Kinzie

Quote from "An Amazing Adventure: The English Major in Writing Turns Thirty" by Lisa Stein which appeared in Cross Currents Magazine, Spring/Sumer 2010 Volume 11, Number 1.




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):
395 Theory & Practice of Creative Nonfiction

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.


Upcoming Event

EMC Visiting Speaker Series: Julia Lupton
November 3, 20155:15 PM - 7:00 PM

August 16, 2010