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Creative Writing Concentration

The creative writing concentration in the B.A. in English Literature & Writing degree combines core courses in literature and writing with specialized workshops designed to refine creative writing professional skills.

Build critical experience in the creative writing process with exercises focused on the crafting of language, revising, editing and publishing. With a concentration in creative writing, you will:

  • Develop creative problem solving, imaginative and experimental writing skills within various literary genres and forms
  • Study contemporary trends in writing and digital media through critical and creative work
  • Analyze writing to gain a deeper understanding of craft in prosody, narrative, forms, genres and aesthetics
  • Become familiar with contemporary trends in writing and new media
  • Generate multiple drafts, critique the work of others and revise your own work in response to feedback

What to expect

Whether you complete your core classes online or are taking creative writing concentration courses on campus, you will benefit from a small class learning environment that fosters close student collaboration with professors and fellow students. Creative writing classes and workshops are taught by professional writers, poets and scholars — all committed to creating challenging teaching and learning experiences that support your intellectual, creative and professional goals. If you're looking for a weekend writing workshop, a series of classes or to complete a bachelor's degree in English literature and writing, the department has a range of opportunities for you.

A community of readers and writers

You can find the spark, momentum and support you need to excel creatively, thanks to the numerous resources we offer writers. Learn more about these resources:

Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta
Reading Series

M Review
Poetry Post
Writing Center

Degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 60
Marylhurst Core requirements 44
General electives 76
Total 180*

*More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students are transfer students.
Learn if you have prior college credit that can transfer into the BA in English Literature & Writing program with a free transfer evaluation.

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