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Creative Writing Major

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, Simon Armitage, Paul Muldoon, and Robert Pinsky.

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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)


Undergraduate Bulletin for students enrolling before Fall 2019.

Undergraduate Bulletin for students enrolling after Fall 2019.

The John Carroll Review

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JCU Literary Journal

For a literary journal published only twice a year, The “John Carroll Review” generates a lot of discussion. Maybe that’s because it’s staffed by students, edited by students, and most important, filled with the poetry, short fiction, essays, and artwork of students.

Group of students walking in front of the Administration Building with Rodman Hall in the background in the spring

Around Campus

Selected writers get to see their work distributed on campus – not to mention the best coffeehouses, bookstores, and Mongolian barbecue restaurants in Cleveland. Those published in the “Review” read their work at an event each term that launches the release of each issue.

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JCU Students

English majors have served as editors, staff members, and, in large part, contributors for each year’s fall and spring issues. So, you not only have a chance to spend your days studying greatness – you get to make a little bit of your own and see it in print.