THE CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO
A student graduating with a B.A. in Creative Writing should be able to demonstrate:
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.
In our effort to assess how the Department has met these outcomes, all Creative Writing majors will be required to hand in a full portfolio to the instructor at the end of the 400-level course. A full portfolio will require not only your best work from the 400-level course, but also from your 200- and 300-level courses. The portfolio is a required component in all 400-level courses, and must be turned in before a grade is given.
These portfolios will be reviewed by professors teaching the workshops and the Director of Undergraduate Programs to assess the degree to which the Department is meeting its stated outcomes. Please note that your 400-level instructor may modify these portfolio requirements and/or request additional material from you.
If you would like your portfolio materials returned to you, please turn in the original plus one (1) copy—the Department will keep the original and you can retrieve the copy, once graded, according to your instructor’s directions.
Failure to turn in a portfolio that conforms to these guidelines will result in no grade for your 400-level course. This policy will be enforced.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
- From your 200-level course: one copy of your best original work, with instructor comments if possible (for fiction and nonfiction, one story or essay of appropriate length; for poetry, five poems)
- From your 300-level course: one copy of your best original work, with instructor comments if possible (for fiction and nonfiction, one story or essay of appropriate length; for poetry, five poems)
- From your 400-level course: for fiction and nonfiction, one copy each of your best two original works, with instructor comments if possible; for poetry, ten poems, with instructor comments if possible
- A 2-page reflection on your progress in the major (i.e., a consideration of your artistic development and your understanding of the craft of writing)
- All portfolios should be presented in a simple, 2-pocket folder. Your name should be printed legibly on a label, and the label placed on the front cover of the folder.