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Creative Writing Concentration

English Major Advisement Audit for Creative Writing Concentration

This concentration enables students to gain an in-depth understanding of the creative writing process  through  the  writing  and  revising  of  original  poetry,  fiction,  creative  non-fiction,  and  drama.  Coursework  will  foster  the  development  of  voice,  knowledge  of  craft,  and  ability  to  read  literary  work  from  a  writer’s  perspective.  In addition to working closely with Eastern’s published faculty, students will have access to frequent visiting writers of international acclaim. Other opportunities include pre-professional coursework and internships in editing and publishing as well as global field courses to study creative writing abroad. As a complement to their courses in the craft of writing, students pursuing the Creative Writing concentration are required  to  take  at  least  one  literature  course  (preferably  early  in  their  coursework), and are encouraged to take others as part of the English major. Students should consider courses in literature from a variety of genres, areas, and periods.

Writing Intensive Gateway

  • Choose two courses:
    • Choose one course:
      • ENG 203^ Introduction to Writing Literary Criticism - 3 credits
      • ENG 204^ Introduction to Writing Studies - 3 credits
    • ENG 205***^ Introduction to Creative Writing - 3 credits

Subotal: 6 credits

Creative Writing Concentration Requirements

 

Category I: Writing in Forms and Genres (200-level)

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 207 Forms in Creative Writing - 3 credits
    • ENG 209 Writing for Children and Young Adults - 3 credits

Category II: Literature

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 225 Fiction - 3 credits
    • ENG 226 Drama - 3 credits
    • ENG 227 Poetry  - 3 credits
    • ENG 228 Poetry of Women - 3 credits
    • ENG 233 Contemporary Poetry - 3 credits
    • ENG 234 Contemporary Fiction - 3 credits
    • ENG 257 Contemporary Drama and Society - 3 credits
    • ENG 321 The 19th Century American Short Story - 3 credits
    • ENG 325 Modern Drama - 3 credits
    • ENG 328 Children’s Literature - 3 credits
    • ENG 329 Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural World - 3 credits
    • ENG 330 Science Fiction - 3 credits
    • ENG 332 Modern British and American Poetry - 3 credits
    • ENG 333 The Modern Novel - 3 credits
    • ENG 365 Topics in Literature or Language (when appropriate) - 3 credits

Category III: Creative Writing Workshops (300-level)

  • Choose three courses:
    • ENG 301 Writing Fiction - 3 credits
    • ENG 302 Writing Poetry - 3 credits
    • ENG 305 Composing Multimodal Narratives - 3 credits
    • ENG 308 Playwriting - 3 credits
    • ENG 353*** Storytelling - 3 credits
    • ENG 372 Creative Writing Abroad - 3 credits
    • ENG 376 Advanced Forms, Theory and Practice in Creative Writing - 3 credits
    • ENG 380 Creative Non-Fiction - 3 credits
    • ENG 381 Advanced Fiction Workshop - 3 credits
    • ENG 382 Advanced Poetry Workshop - 3 credits

Category IV: Professional Experiences

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 238 Literary Magazine Editing - 3 credits
    • ENG 363 Copyright in the Digital Age - 3 credits
    • ENG 383 Literary Publishing - 3 credits
    • ENG 481 LAW Independent Study in Writing for Publication - 3 credits
    • ENG 495 Internship in Writing or Editing - 1-6 credits

Subtotal: 18 credits
Concentration total: 24 credits

Certain sections of ENG 365 Topics in Literature or Language may be designated as meeting a requirement in one or more of the above categories. Students should see the department chair or department website for more information.

*approved substitution to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier I Social Sciences

**approved reuse to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier II Cultural Perspectives

***approved reuse to meet the Liberal Arts Core Tier II Creative Expression

^meets Stage 2 University Writing Requirement

^^meets Stage 3 University Writing Requirement