The Creative Writing major and minor at John Carroll allow students to gain intensive workshop experience in writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The workshops are small – not more than 15 students – and the professors are actively publishing, dynamic writers and instructors. They have published books, their work appears regularly in the best literary journals, and they participate in national writing conferences and workshops.
So if you take a writing workshop at John Carroll, you are immediately connected with the current trends, styles, and movements in American writing. And because John Carroll has one of the most respected Visiting Writers programs in the state, you’ll have a chance to meet and work with nationally known visitors to our campus, people like Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Robert Pinsky.
Finally, creative writing workshops at John Carroll are fun. You get to be the artist, the critic, and the professor, all in one exciting, challenging, and very rewarding course.
Creative Writing Track (Major)
1. Two 200-level literature courses: 6 credit hours
Majors are strongly encouraged to take at least one of the following three courses:
EN 214 Major British Writers
EN 222 Introduction to Shakespeare
EN 277 Major American Writers
One 200-level literature course serves as the prerequisite for 300- and 400-level literature courses.
2. Four 300-level courses: 12 credit hours
Two that are pre-1800 (2.a., b., c. under “Literature Track”) and two that are post-1800 (2.d., e., f. under “Literature Track”)
3. Creative Writing Courses: 12 credit hours
Two courses from the introductory level, one of which is prerequisite to the advanced-level courses:
EN 300 Advanced Writing
EN 301 Introductory Poetry Writing Workshop
EN 302 Introductory Fiction Writing Workshop
EN 303 Introductory Creative Writing Workshop
EN 304 Introductory Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
CO 225, 395, 396, or 397 may be substituted for one introductory writing workshop.
Two courses from the advanced level:
EN 401 Advanced Poetry Workshop
EN 402 Advanced Fiction Workshop
EN 403 Special Topics in Advanced Writing Workshop
EN 404 Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
4. Study of Language and Theory: 3 credit hours. One course from:
EN 485 Contemporary English Grammar
EN 488 History of the English Language
EN 489 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
EN 490 History of Literary Theory and Criticism
EN 491 Feminist Literary Criticism
EN 495 Critical Practice
5. One 400-level literature course: 3 credit hours
6. One elective at any level: 3 credit hours
7. A portfolio to be submitted to the English Department
Minor in English (Creative Writing Track): 18 credit hours (excluding first-year composition). 1) one of EN 300, 303, 304; 2) one of EN 301, 302, 303 (303 may meet only one of the first two required 300-level courses; 3) one of EN 401, 402, 403, or 404; 4) one course in 20th-century literature; 5) one genre course or another writing workshop; 6) one elective writing workshop at the 300 or 400 level.