The Creative Writing Major
THE CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR, an undergraduate concentration within the English Department at Northwestern University, teaches the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as courses that cross genres. By asking students to examine poems and prose works with a writer's eye, and by encouraging students to apprentice themselves, as energetically as possible, to the best literary models, the Creative Writing Faculty hope to help promising artists in their craft, as well as to educate the discerning readers of the future. Some features of this unique and rigorous undergraduate program include the intensive writing course-sequence, the senior honors program, the cross-genre minor, and the visiting writers festival in the spring.
The Creative Writing Program is distinguished by "the amount of sheer attention we give to students, in the courses, in their work on honors theses, and during office hours." -Professor Reginald Gibbons
"We're not educating people for professional tracks; we're educating them for their lives." -Professor Mary Kinzie
Quotes 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.