Students studying Creative Writing engage closely with their professors and collaboratively with each other in our limited-enrollment, workshop-style courses, receiving detailed feedback on their original stories, poems, and essays.

Students also read a diverse array of contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and are encouraged to explore multilingual writing in our courses, whether by incorporating languages other than English into their work or by deploying dialects and vernaculars from communities and geographic regions across the English-speaking world.

Curriculum Requirements

ENG 209Creative Writing3
After taking ENG 209, complete two of the following courses6
Beginning Fiction Workshop
Beginning Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) Only with instructor permission
Creative Writing (Poetry) Only with instructor permission
Creative Writing Special Topics
Writing Autobiography
Select one LITERATURE course at the 200-level3
Select one LITERATURE course at the 300-level or 400-level3
Total Credit Hours15

Students may declare a Minor in Creative Writing through their school or college. Submitting materials to the Creative Writing Program is not required for the minor. 


The student completes at least 15 credit hours at the 200-level or above beyond the credits earned for first-year writing.


A minimum grade of C- or better is required in each course and with an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0 or better. 


Students pursuing both a major and a minor (or two majors) offered by the Department of English may double-count a maximum of two English courses toward the fulfillment of their degree requirements.  They must also have an additional major or minor in a department other than English.