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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 Díaz, MFA 1995

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program offers workshop courses in fiction and poetry writing, and sponsors an academic-year reading series.

Alice Fulton
Ishion Hutchinson
Michael Koch
J. Robert Lennon
Joanie Mackowski
Robert Morgan
Ernesto Quiñonez
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Stephanie Vaughn
Helena Maria Viramontes
Lamar Herrin
Alison Lurie
Maureen McCoy
Ken McClane
James McConkey

writers greetingMore than 500 undergraduates enroll in the program’s courses annually, many from schools outside the College of Arts and 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 (ENGL 2800-2810), Intermediate Narrative Writing (ENGL 3820-3830), Intermediate Verse Writing (ENGL 3840-3850), and Advanced Creative Writing (ENGL 4800-4810). The Program also offers an MFA degree. During the academic year, the Creative Writing Program presents the Barbara and David Zalaznick Reading Series. 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.