Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing Option

About

Are you seeking the way to publish your great novel, poetry or non-fiction?

Creative Writing is a studio program designed to help you publish your artistic work. Our creative writing students, while publishing artistic work, have found diversified careers in editing, publishing, grant writing, teaching, professional schools and more. Courses in Technical Communications are complementary to these career interests.

At the heart of our programs is a passion for critical, creative, and professional understanding and use of the English language. The creative writing option emphasizes artistic expression. It builds the skills needed to produce imaginative and inspired, publishable poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Curriculum and Requirements

Mission Statement: The Creative Writing Program develops students’ abilities in creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction on a foundation of study of significant literary texts in British, American, and world literature.

Creative Writing is a studio program designed to help students publish their artistic work. It is not intended to prepare a student for a specific career; however, our creative writing graduates, while publishing artistic work, have found diversified careers in editing, publishing, grant writing, teaching, professional schools and many fields less directly related to their writing abilities. Courses in technical communications are complementary to these career interests.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

Students in the Creative Writing option are encouraged to register for 5+ credits from the following list of Breadth Area Core Requirements: HUMN 210 or HUMN 211 or history courses appropriate to the student’s area of literary interest.

Pre-Major Requirements
Note: students must complete CRWR 210 with a grade ≥B. ENGL 270 and ENGL 271 each require a grade ≥B- and ≥B average for the two courses together.
CRWR 210INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING5
ENGL 270INTRODUCTION TO FICTION5
ENGL 271INTRODUCTION TO POETRY5
Required Department Core Courses
ENGL 343SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I5
ENGL 344SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II5
ENGL 345BRITISH LITERATURE I: BEGINNINGS THROUGH 18TH CENTURY5
ENGL 346BRITISH LITERATURE II: ROMANTICISM TO THE PRESENT5
ENGL 347WORLD LITERATURES5
ENGL 350SHAKESPEARE5
Required Form and Theory Writing Courses–choose two from the following10
FORM AND THEORY OF FICTION
FORM AND THEORY OF POETRY
FORM AND THEORY OF LITERARY NONFICTION
Required Workshop–must be repeated twice with choice of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry10
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Additional creative writing credits–choose from the following 5
FORM AND THEORY OF FICTION
FORM AND THEORY OF POETRY
FORM AND THEORY OF LITERARY NONFICTION
LITERARY EDITING AND DESIGN
WILLOW SPRINGS EDITIONS INTERNSHIP
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
PUBLICATION DESIGN
Senior Thesis
CRWR 491CREATIVE WRITING SENIOR THESIS (cannot be taken until completion of CRWR 311, CRWR 312 or CRWR 313 and two CRWR 417 workshops)5
Total Credits75

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of EWU’s Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing Program will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary literary scene, at a level of proficiency sufficient for advancement to graduate work;
  • offer constructive criticism of written works-in-progress within the genre at a level of proficiency sufficient for advancement to graduate work;
  • produce texts that conform to the conventions specific to the genre being studied (literary fiction, literary nonfiction or poetry) at a level of proficiency sufficient for advancement to graduate work;
  • synthesize an understanding of the publishing process, at a level of proficiency sufficient for advancement to graduate work;
  • utilize the technical language of the craft pertinent to their chosen genre of study (literary fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry) to analyze works of literature within-genre at a level of proficiency sufficient for advancement to graduate work.