Graduate students in a creative writing seminar
Sharing work and inspiration

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.

Student writing

Academic Pursuits

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 Literatures in English and the Creative Writing Program.

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Nigerian-born poet and NYTimes Bestselling author Chris Abani at a reception following his reading at the Fall 2016 Zalaznick Reading Series (ZRS).

Sharing Inspiration

The Creative Writing Faculty would like to invite you to view some of the works they have found inspirational:

The Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series welcomed poet and memoirist Joy Harjo:

Watch archived English events here.

We encourage you to get to know our faculty and their work by exploring the profiles below:

Creative Writing Program Events

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