Undergraduate Models

Creative Writing

Students wishing to pursue a concentration in creative writing should bear in mind that four years of study at the undergraduate level is the beginning of a long apprenticeship; there is little profit in believing that one “discovers one’s voice” in the course of a few years of study, or, indeed, that such a discovery, a narrowing to a singularity, is ever to be desired. Diversity and experimentation are crucial throughout a writer’s career and perhaps at no time more important than in the initial stages of exploration and the acquisition of skills. Students are encouraged, therefore, to take workshops in both poetry and fiction, to take literature courses from various centuries and continents, and to take a wide variety of supplementary courses in English. The Creative Writing model, when sufficiently diverse, is adequate preparation for admission to graduate writing programs.

Category I: At least two, but not more than six, upper-division creative writing workshops. Students are encouraged to take one workshop in an alternate genre:
Category II: One course from two of three subcategories:

The Bible:

Before 1600:

From 1600 to 1800:

Category III: One course from each subcategory:

19th century:

20th century:

Choose remaining electives from Categories II–V
Category IV. Literature, General
Category V. Theory


Department of English faculty who regularly teach courses in this model include: