Whether you want to try something for the first time, or dive deep into your area of study, our courses offer you the opportunity to shine a light on what interests you. 

Please note: The Course Catalog should be used for all official planning. 

Explore a sample of Creative Writing courses offered by the Department of English:

ENG 180: Introduction to Creative Writing 

A survey of prominent literary works through the lens of creative writing. Students will analyze works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and will have the opportunity to respond creatively to the assigned readings-- i.e., by composing original stories, creative essays, and poems. Assigned texts will seek to expose students to various writing styles, and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. In addition to learning various aspects of reading and discussing texts as writers, students will learn how to respond to writing in different genres. Units: 6 

ENG 350: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction 

Practice in the writing of non-fictional prose. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 180. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor 

ENG 360: Creative Writing: Fiction 

Practice in the writing of short fiction. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 180. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor 

ENG 370: Creative Writing: Poetry 

Practice in the writing of poetry. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 180. 

ENG 560: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction 

A workshop for students with previous fiction writing experience. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 360 or consent of instructor 

ENG 562: Advanced Creative Writing: Novel Writing 

Course for students composing creative, book-length works of prose. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 350 or ENG 360, and ENG 550 or ENG 560 

ENG 565: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry 

A workshop for students with previous poetry writing experience. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: ENG 370 or consent of instructor 

ENG 601: Senior Seminar in Creative Writing 

A seminar involving analysis of theoretical, critical, literary, and practical (i.e.,craft-related) readings at an advanced level in conjunction with students' writing of an original, substantial creative work, in either poetry or prose. Students working in different genres will have the opportunity to read one another's work and discuss, as a group, both the challenges and possibilities associated with composing lengthy creative projects. Each section of the seminar will focus on a theme that can accommodate variety in students' individual research projects. Units: 6 
Prerequisite: Majors only; junior standing for spring term, otherwise, senior standing; at least two English courses numbered 400 or above, and two workshops numbered 500 or above.