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Creative Writing

Finding your own voice

Overview   |   Plan of Study   |   Courses  

Finding your own voice – that’s what the Creative Writing major at Earlham offers. Our students focus on the creative writing genre of their choice, while also receiving a firm grounding in literary studies and interpretative approaches (since good readers make good writers).   

We offer introductory creative writing workshops and classes in playwriting, reading and writing poetry, and reading and writing fiction, as well as advanced creative writing workshops in genres such as poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.  Our “reading and writing” courses offer a unique combination of creative writing and literary interpretation in the same course.  All majors complete a substantial, guided creative writing project as seniors.

Previous alums have gone on to become novelists, poets, video game developers, writers for TV shows, and professors, among other career paths. What will you do with your Creative Writing major?  We will help you develop both your writer’s craft and your voice.  Where will that voice take you?

Highlights

The department hosts several visiting writers a year, and students can also gain applied publishing experience by working on The Crucible, Earlham’s creative arts magazine. From learning submission management software, tackling marketing, and designing a professional quality magazine, this for-credit internship gives students concrete skills they need to pursue a career in publishing. Our students have gone on to intern and work for a variety of small presses and publishers in the U.S. and abroad, such as Red Hen Press and the Los Angeles Review of Books (in the L.A. area), Writer’s House (in New York City), and GenNow and That’s Shanghai Magazine (in Shanghai, China).

Students can also use their Earlham EPIC funds [link here to EPIC] of up to $5000 and/ or study abroad programs to pursue internships and other creative writing opportunities in places such as New York, California, Shanghai, and London. 

Plan of Study

 

Creative Writing Major Requirements

 

The Major 

Required Courses

  • CW 221 Introduction to Creative Writing (appropriate for first-year students)
  • ENG 302 Foundations of Literary Study
  • ENG 401 Junior Research Seminar
  • CW 470 Advanced Writing Workshop
  • CW 488 Senior Capstone Experience

 

An additional 3 Advanced Creative Writing Courses chosen from following:

  • CW 470 Advanced Writing Workshop (can be taken more than once with
  • different topics)
  • CW 385 Reading and Writing Poetry
  • CW 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction
  • CW 471 Playwriting
  • internship in writing or editing, with department pre-approval

3 additional English literature content courses, at least 2 of which are above 302

students may count one literature or creative writing course from an off-campus program or one creative writing course in a different language towards the additional courses required for the major, with department approval

The Minor

  • One Introductory Course from the following:
    • ENG 203 Women and Literature
    • ENG 204 African American Literature
    • ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology
    • ENG 206 Literature and Identity
    • ENG 207 Literature and Film
    • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature
  • One 300-level or higher English course
  • CW 221 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Two Creative Writing Courses chosen from:
    • CW 470 Advanced Writing Workshop
    • CW 385 Reading and Writing Poetry  
    • CW 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction
    • CW 471 Playwriting

ent courses, at least 2 of which are above 302 students may count one literature or creative writing course from an off-campus program or one creative writing course in a different language towards the additional courses required for the major, with department approval The Minor • One Introductory Course from the following: • ENG 203 Women and Literature • ENG 204 African American Literature • ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology • ENG 206 Literature and Identity • ENG 207 Literature and Film • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature • One 300-level or higher English course • CW 221 Introduction to Creative Writing • Two Creative Writing Courses chosen from: • CW 470 Advanced Writing Workshop • CW 385 Reading and Writing Poetry   • CW 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction • CW 471 Playwriting

Courses

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year


Creative Writing Courses

note: These courses and course descriptions are all the same as in the English major, and most of them will continue to have the “ENG” designation as primarily literature courses that can also contribute to the Creative Writing major.  We’ve redesignated some courses as CW (these course designations should also be changed on the English major website) and created some cross-listed CW/ ENG course designations as well for courses that contribute significantly to both areas.  The courses from number 481-488 are standard courses/ numbers in each major, so there should be a CW version of these courses as well.  In the Creative Writing website the cross-listed courses should only be designed “CW,” and only “ENG” in the English site.

Here are the course designations and titles (nothing but the designation needs to be change):

ENG 203 WOMEN AND LITERATURE (4 credits) 

ENG 204 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (4 credits) 

ENG 205 AMERICAN LITERATURE AND ECOLOGY (4 credits) 

ENG 206 LITERATURE AND IDENTITY (4 credits)

ENG 207 LITERATURE AND FILM (4 credits)

ENG 208 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (4 credits)

ENG 209 RELIGION AND POPULAR LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES (3 credits)

ENG 211 RELIGION AND SPIRIT IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE  (3 credits)

CW 221 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING (4 credits) 

ENG 302 FOUNDATIONS OF LITERARY STUDY (4 credits)

ENG 309 PROPHETIC BLACK WOMEN (3 credits)

ENG 310 CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE LITERATURE (3 credits)

ENG 350 CONTESTING AMERICA (4 credits)

ENG 351 CLASS AND IDEOLOGY IN LITERATURE (4 credits) 

ENG 353 TOPICS IN PEACE AND JUSTICE (4 credits)

ENG 358 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE (4 credits)

ENG 359 SHAKESPEARE (4 credits) 

ENG 364 POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE (4 credits) 

ENG 369 CONTEMPORARY LITERARY THEORY (4 credits) 

ENG 373 TOPICS IN LITERARY THEORY (4 credits)

ENG 378 ROMANCES, EPICS, AND QUESTS (4 credits)

ENG 379 THE NOVEL (4 credits)

ENG 380 DRAMA (4 credits) 

ENG 381 TOPICS IN LITERARY PERIOD (4 credits)

ENG 382 TOPICS IN GENRE AND NARRATIVE (4 credits)

ENG 383 UNDERSTANDING POETRY (4 credits) 

CW/ ENG 386 READING AND WRITING SHORT FICTION (4 credits) 

CW/ ENG 387 READING AND WRITING POETRY (4 credits) 

ENG 401 JUNIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (4 credits)

ENG 463 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (4 credits) 

CW 470 ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP (4 credits) 

CW 471 PLAYWRITING (3 credits) 

CW 481 INTERNSHIPS, FIELD STUDIES AND OTHER FIELD EXPERIENCES (1-3 

CW483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)

CW 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits) 

CW 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits) 

CW 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (4 credits)

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