Creative Writing

Centre’s Creative Writing classes include introductions to the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, as well as intermediate and advanced classes, mixed genre classes, and classes in special topics, such as Creative Writing on Nature & the Environment, and Poetic Forms.


Centre’s Creative Writing Program empowers students to create their own impact through artful writing, and to do so with precision and passion. Drawing students from all three academic divisions, writing workshops at Centre teach techniques in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting.

Many of our students enroll in creative writing courses because they hope to enter careers in the literary arts, journalism, or publishing. Yet whether or not you wish to be “a writer,” a creative writing class will make you a more articulate and graceful communicator, no matter what your vocation. It will teach you creative problem-solving and the empathic critique of others’ work.


Students who declare the minor in creative writing take a total of six courses, read from their work regularly at campus events, and submit a portfolio of revised work upon graduation. Every year, we offer beginning and advanced workshops in fiction and poetry, and regularly introduce new courses into our curriculum, often ones that actively promote cross-disciplinary studies (one recent example is Creative Writing on Nature & the Environment). Although many students choose to concentrate on a specific genre (fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction), we require basic proficiency in multiple genres and highly encourage students to combine and think beyond the confines of a singular genre.

Minor Requirements

Creative Writing Faculty

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Azita Osanloo

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Writing Center Director
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Lisa Williams

  • Charles J. Luellen Professor of English • Director of Creative Writing Program

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