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It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The [writer's] voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.

The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 24th birthday this year. In this program, students can approach the study of literature in a creative way - through their own writing - as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading.  Students may also pursue their personal interests and investigate specific genres, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting and screenwriting.

Please note that ALL Creative Writing courses are permission-only.


Creative Writing majors must complete five writing workshops (20 credits). Either Honors or one independent study can count as one workshop. At least two workshops must be taken in the same genre (fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, creative non-fiction); students are encouraged to continue study in the same genre as the Intro but this is not a requirement.

All students, including majors and non-majors, must take one 200-level Intro (either 270W, 271W, or 272W before advancing to Intermediate 300 level workshops.

270W covers two genres of the instructor's choosing, from either poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, or creative non-fiction.

Students who have completed the 200-level requirement may move into any Intermediate workshop.

The instructor of each intermediate workshop will assess all students in the workshop for readiness to take Advanced level workshops in the same genre or in another genre which the instructor teaches. Any instructor who wishes to recommend a student for an Advanced workshop in a genre which she or he does not teach may recommend this student to a member of the faculty who teaches in that genre. The instructor in the genre will in that case make his or her own determination of the student's readiness for advanced work.

Only students who receive this positive assessment of readiness will enter Advanced workshops.


Six 300-level English courses (24 credits)

At least two courses concentrating mainly on poetry.

At least two courses concentrating mainly on prose.

At least two courses in writing of the 19th century or earlier.

Dramatists may substitute works of drama for some part of the poetry or prose requirement but not for all of either; this is to be worked out between student and advisor.

Each major's advisor will exercise discretion in allowing credit for these categories since many courses mix poetry, prose, and drama. Advisors may allow credit for one 200-level English course.

For further information on the Creative Writing Program and the Creative Writing Reading Series, please call 404-727-4683 or email creativewriting@emory.edu

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