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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program offers workshop courses in fiction and poetry writing, and sponsors the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series during the academic year.

More than 500 undergraduates enroll in the program’s courses annually, many from schools outside the College of Arts & Sciences. English majors may concentrate in creative writing; other majors may pursue a minor in creative writing. Classes open to undergraduates throughout the university are Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Narrative Writing, Intermediate Verse Writing and Advanced Creative Writing. The program also offers an MFA degree. MFA graduate students organize the First-Year MFA Reading Series, and graduating MFA students hold a reading of their works in the spring. Readings and receptions are free and open to all. In the summer, Imagining Rome: Art Studio and Creative Writing Workshop is held in Italy. The award-winning national literary journal Epoch is published by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program.

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"What we do might be done in solitude and with great desperation, but it tends to produce exactly the opposite. It tends to produce community, and in many people, hope and joy."

— Junot Diaz, MFA '95