Creative Writing Major

Creative Writing majors develop their writing craft under the guidance of award-winning writers in small workshop settings in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. The Creative Writing Major is designed to focus on developing students’ own writing and critical skills through workshops, craft courses, and courses in literature and literary analysis. Students build their skillsets in writing, creativity, critical thinking, research, and independent thinking. Students majoring in Creative Writing may take introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as courses in literature, language, literary analysis, publishing, and elective courses in a range of topics in the research specialties of our internationally renowned faculty.

Creative Writing majors are prepared for careers after graduation through access to a large and growing internship program, courses in writing and publishing, access to many of today’s most important and influential writers, a Professional and Technical Writing certificate program, special career development events, a study abroad program in London, and a competitive English Honors program. Recent UA Creative Writing majors have put their degree to use in a wide variety of careers, including screenwriting, editing, publishing, technical writing, video game design, marketing, journalism, teaching, business, and professional writing.

The Creative Writing major requires 39 units. Students select one genre of concentration: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. In addition to five core courses (215, 280, 380, 373A, and 373B) students take three workshops within their genre (200-level, 300-level, 400-level) as well as one other 200-level workshop outside of their concentration. Students also take four classes in upper-division (300- or 400-level) literature courses, at least two of which are in modern or contemporary literature. Please see the UAccess advisement report or the English department course descriptions to determine which courses count for the modern or contemporary literature requirement.

In other words, the Creative Writing major requires:

  • 15 units of core courses
  • 12 units of creative writing workshops, 9 of which are in the same genre sequence (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry)
  • 12 units of literature electives, 6 of which are modern or contemporary literature

The flow chart below shows the classes required for the Creative Writing major. For more information about specific courses, see the Creative Writing course sequence and guidelines. Please contact the department or schedule a meeting with an English departmental advisor for specific questions.

Declaring the Major
Interested in declaring the Creative Writing major? Please take the Creative Writing major information session online (30 minutes) and fill out the advising form at the end. Then use WiseAdvising ( to schedule an appointment with one of our departmental advisors. Note: The Creative Writing major is administered in the English Department in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Learning Outcomes
The following are the learning objectives for the Creative Writing major:

1. Ability to write well crafted and compelling works of literary merit in prose or poetry.
2. Understanding of craft terms and concepts and the ability to articulate how these aspects of craft contribute to a text’s literary, aesthetic, or emotional effects.
3. Ability to isolate and manipulate craft elements in writing and revising a story, essay, and/or poem.
4. Knowledge of significant currents in contemporary prose or poetry and their antecedents.
5. Ability to identify and analyze the ways in which individual writers operate within, on the edges of, or in response to their literary contexts, predecessors, genres, and historical traditions.
6. Understanding of key goals and outcomes expected of the English major, in particular knowledge of foundational texts of British and American literature.





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