Department of English Language and Literature

Creative Writing Minor

Students who declare a minor in Creative Writing must take at least twelve (12) credit hours in Creative Writing in at least two of the four genres offered (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama).

Students are also required to take twelve (12) credit hours more in English courses beyond ENGL 1205.

Students who wish to major in English and minor in Creative Writing must take forty-eight (48) credit hours in English courses above ENGL 1205 and fulfill the requirements of both programs.

 

Creative Writing Scholarship and Prizes

Each year the Saint Mary’s Department of English oversees the following:

The Robert Hayes Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is in his or her sophomore, junior, or senior year, and has demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for creative writing. The award decision is made on the recommendation of the chair of the English Department.

The Joyce Marshall Hsia Memorial Poetry Prize, administered by the English Department, is awarded annually in the second semester. It is open to all currently enrolled Saint Mary’s students, and information on how to enter is posted in the English Department in the second semester.

Previous winners have included students who have since gone on to become published and nationally celebrated writers, such as Sue Goyette, Jenny Haysom, Jill MacLean and Danny Jacobs.

The Margo Takacs Marshall Memorial Prize for Excellence in Short Story Writing, administered by the English Department, is awarded annually in the second semester. It is open to all currently enrolled Saint Mary’s students, and information on how to enter is posted in the English Department in the second semester.

Creative Writing Courses

ENGL 3375 Writing Fiction I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level.

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of the instructor.

A course in the many techniques, skills, goals and problems in writing fiction. The emphasis is on analyzing student stories in workshops, but lectures and writing exercises may also be included.

ENGL 3376 Writing Fiction II

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000- level

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of the instructor.

This course encourages students to experiment with literary techniques and to develop their own writing style. Students will participate in workshops, read widely in the genre of the short story and be encouraged to rethink and revise their own fiction.

ENGL 3381.0 Writing Poetry

6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000- level

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of the instructor.

This course provides students with an opportunity to write and workshop their own poetry. The great range of choices available to poets in terms of form, rhythm, voice and diction will be explored. The emphasis will be on student submissions, but the work of published poets will also be discussed.

ENGL 3382.0 Writing Plays

6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000- level

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of the instructor.

This course provides students with the opportunity to write and workshop their own plays. The literary aspects of drama, as well as its practical and production aspects, will be explored. Though the course focuses on student efforts, the works of classic and contemporary playwrights may also be discussed.

ENGL 3383 Writing Prose - Non-Fiction

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000- level

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of the instructor.

A creative writing course dealing with such forms of prose as travel literature, essays, reviews, memoirs, biographies, and journals. Students will experiment with various forms and critique each other’s efforts in a workshop format. Published examples of non-fiction prose will be read and discussed.

ENGL 4475.0 Writing Fiction -- Advanced

6 credit hours

Prerequisite: permission of instructor .

A course designed for students with some experience in writing fiction. Many aspects of the writer’s craft, from the germination of a story to the polishing of a final draft, will be explored in workshops. Students who have not completed either ENGL 3375 or 3376 will be asked to submit a sample portfolio of their work before registration.

ENGL 4477 Writing Poetry – Advanced

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 3381 or, prior to registration, submission of portfolio to instructor.

An advanced creative writing course, which provides students with opportunities to develop their craft beyond its beginning stages and to have their poems discussed in workshops. The course may include emphasis on poem sequences, long poems, and poets’ poetics, including their prose commentaries on subjects ranging from sources of inspiration to arguments about technique.