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Creative Writing Sub-concentration

Students interested in creative writing should begin with English 223-Creative Writing. English 223 provides an introduction to the reading and writing of poetry and prose and to the workshop method of critiquing student writing.

Students who complete English 223 with a successful portfolio are encouraged to apply for admittance to the intermediate-level creative writing course in either fiction (English 323) or Poetry (English 324).

At the advanced level students will apply for admittance to either the advanced fiction workshop (English 423) or the advanced poetry workshop (English 424).

English majors who wish to specialize in the writing of poetry or prose fiction may, in the winter term of their junior year, apply to the Creative Writing Sub-concentration, which is an optional path to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Students in the program take the creative writing workshops described above in sequence, and, in their last term, compile a major manuscript of poetry or prose fiction while working closely with the creative-writing faculty in a tutorial reserved for sub-concentrators (English 428); this program is small and selective. Students not enrolled in the sub-concentration may still pursue their interest in creative writing by applying to the appropriate upper-level workshops.

Application Process
Admission to the Creative Writing Sub-concentration will occur during winter term and is limited to juniors who have taken or are enrolled in English 323/324 (or 423/424).

The application process will involve the submission of the application and a writing sample. Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the writing sample by a committee of three readers.

Applications for the Creative Writing Sub-concentration program are accepted every February. Please see the application form for exact dates and instructions.

Program Requirements
Students planning to complete the Creative Writing Sub-concentration must satisfactorily complete a total of 30 upper-level English credits, which includes both the requirements for the regular English program and additional Creative Writing Sub-concentration requirements (many students in the Creative Writing Sub-concentration typically complete around 36 total credits).

You will have a total of 30 credits plus 2 prerequisites of English 223 and English 298. Although students will receive University credit for additional writing courses (such as repeated enrollment in 323, 324, 423, or 424), only one such course will count for English credit. Additional writing course credits will not count toward the sub-concentration.

Creative Writing Honors
Students who have maintained a 3.5 English GPA may apply for honors in creative writing after they have been accepted into the sub-concentration.

Honors will be awarded based on the student maintaining a 3.5 English GPA, a 3.4 cumulative GPA, and earning a grade of A- or better on the thesis. The College of LSA will not award honors degrees if the student does not have the minimum cumulative GPA.

Contact Us:

Cody Walker
Director, Undergraduate Program in Creative Writing / 734-763-6235


English Undergraduate Studies Office
3187 Angell Hall
(734) 764-6330