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Creative Writing at F&M

The track in creative writing joins the passion for language and imaginative writing with the study of literature. It is built upon the premise that reading widely and deeply in literature, including contemporary literature, is essential to becoming a skilled creative writer: in other words, that the best writers are also avid, engaged readers.

Students who choose a concentration in creative writing practice the craft of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in workshop settings where writing is valued as a serious art form. The major culminates in an advanced creative writing workshop in which students complete creative theses in the genre of their choice. The creative writing major is a gateway to a lifelong love and appreciation of words.

English majors have rich research opportunities beyond the requirements of the major through independent study and Hackman summer research scholarships, which engage students with the scholarly activities of their professors. They also have opportunities for involvement in a range of extra-curricular activities: attending readings by and meeting numerous visiting writers, participating in events at the Writers House, helping to plan the Emerging Writers Festival, or writing for or staffing one of the College’s literary publications.

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  • Requirements for Class of 2015 and on
  • A major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing consists of the following Eleven Courses:

    ENG 226 Engaging Texts

    Three Creative Writing courses (ENG 225, 381, 382, 383, 384)

    One Pre-1800 course (ENG 201, 202, 203, 206, 256, and 300-level courses that are designated Pre-1800)

    One Post-1800 course (ENG 204, 207, 208, 210, 257, and 300-level courses that are designated Post-1800)

    One course in either Pre-or Post-1800

    One course designated Contemporary Literature

    One elective

    One 400-level literature seminar

    One ENG 480: Advanced Writing Workshop

  • Requirements for Class of 2013 and 2014
  • A major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing consists of the following eleven courses:

    Two “Studies in Pre–1800 Literature” courses (English 201, 202, 203, 206, 256)

    Two “Studies in Post–1800 Literature” courses (ENG 204, 207, 208, 210, 257)

    One contemporary literature course (courses that include the word “Contemporary” in the title)

    One seminar

    Three creative writing courses (ENG 225, 381, 382, 383, 384)

    One advanced creative writing course (ENG 480);
    one elective