The Creative Writing Program


All majors must take one 200-level introductory workshop in prose or poetry. The same is required of non-majors who wish to take creative writing workshops, though some professors may choose to waive this requirement for junior and senior non-majors. The requirement is never waived for majors. The only 300-level class that does not have a 200-level pre-requisite is ENGCW/THEA 372RW Playwriting (offered only in the fall semester). Some instructors may require writing samples even though you have taken a pre-requisite course.

Students who have completed the 200-level requirement may move into any Intermediate workshop. Creative Writing majors may take only ONE 200-level course as part of the major.

(For Advanced Courses in Spring semesters): Students who make a A- or better in the Intermediate level workshops may apply to take advanced level workshops. All other students must apply to these workshops with a manuscript submission (students must also complete the application form). The individual instructor may require manuscript submission from all students for admission to the advanced workshops. Only students who receive this positive assessment of readiness will enter advanced workshops.

All Creative Writing courses are permission-only and require an application to be submitted to the Creative Writing Program office. Spring 2021 deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, November 6. (Late applications accepted until the end of add-drop in the spring.) Applications should be e-mailed in Word format to Paula Vitaris at If your application includes a writing sample, the sample must be attached to the application and sent as ONE DOCUMENT IN WORD FORMAT. Applications are available at the Creative Writing Program office in N209 Callaway and may also be downloaded from the Quicklinks section on the right. You may also e-mail to request an application in Word format. Applications will be accepted up to the end of add-drop in the fall. Creative Writing workshops fill up quickly so apply as soon as possible. If the class you apply for is full, you will be added to a waiting list and you will be contacted by e-mail if a space opens up.

Spring 2021 Course Atlas:

Please read the Course Atlas description before applying. The atlas includes details about required writing samples, pre-requisites and other information you need to know before choosing a class.


ENGCW 271W-1   Introduction to Poetry Writing  Christle  Monday (synchronous) 11:20-12:35, with an additional 75 minutes asynchronous (REMOTE)

ENGCW 271W-2   Introduction to Poetry Writing  Pence  Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m. (REMOTE)

ENGCW 272-1      Introduction to Fiction Writing  Cooper   Friday 6:00-9:00 p.m. (REMOTE) (NOTE: This class does not count towards the post-freshman writing requirement)

ENGCW 272W-1   Introduction to Fiction Writing  Yanique   Monday/Wednesday 11:20-12:35 (IN-PERSON)

ENGCW 272W-2   Introduction to Fiction Writing  Corbitt  Tuesday 1:00-3:55 (REMOTE)

ENGCW 272W-3   Introduction to Fiction Writing  Gonzales  Friday 11:20-2:15 (REMOTE)

ENGCW 370RW-1 Intermediate Fiction  Cooper  Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m.

ENGCW 370RW-2 Intermediate Fiction  Houck   Monday 1:00-3:55 (REMOTE)

ENGCW 371RW-1 Intermediate Poetry  Christle  Thursday (synchronous) 11:20-12:35, with an additional 75 minutes asynchronous (REMOTE)

ENGCW 373RW-1 Advanced Fiction  Gonzales  Tuesday 2:40-5:35 (REMOTE)

ENGCW 373RW-2 Advanced Fiction  Skibell   Monday/Wednesday 6:00-7:15 p.m. (REMOTE)

ENGCW 374RW-1 Advanced Poetry  Brown  Tuesday 6:00-9:00 p.m. (REMOTE)

ENGCW/THEA 375RW-1 Advanced Playwriting  Skibell  Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-7:15 (REMOTE)

ENGCW 376RW-1 Creative Nonfiction  Klibanoff (REMOTE) Tuesday 2:40-5:35

ENGCW 389-1 Special Topics: Journalism in the Movies  Klibanoff  Tuesday/Thursday 11:20-12:35 (REMOTE) (Crosslisted with FILM 385) (NOTE: This class does not count towards the post-freshman writing requirement)

ENGCW 389W-1  Special Topics: Introduction to  Dramatic Writing  Ra  Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:15 (Crosslisted with FILM/THEA 385W) (REMOTE)

ENGCW 495RW  Creative Writing: Honors  Staff (only for students accepted into the 2020-2021 Honors Program)