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Coe College Creative Writing Major Requirements

The Creative Writing Major is a collateral major which means that it needs to be done in conjunction with another departmental major.

The major is based in the workshop method which focuses on creation and peer review of student-centered texts. Prospective Creative Writing majors should plan on taking a Creative Writing course each semester; within that guideline, there is a good deal of flexibility in how to complete the major. Courses should be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor in the English Department.

Creative Writing majors take workshops in at least two of the three genres we teach (poetry, fiction, and playwriting), eventually concentrating on one genre for the Manuscript Workshop.

  1. Fulfill requirements for any of the majors listed in the Bachelor of Arts Degree program in the current catalog.
  2. Two English courses (course numbers beginning with ENG), one of which must be ENG 315 (History of English Literature) or above.
  3. Topics in Creative Writing (CRW 105): these are courses focused around a single topic or genre chosen by the instructor. They introduce the workshop method.
  4. Two Workshops at the introductory level:
    Beginning Playwriting: One Act Play (CRW 200)
    Poetry Workshop I (CRW 280)
    Fiction Workshop I (CRW 290)
  5. Two Workshops at the advanced level:
    Advanced Playwriting: Full-Length Play (CRW 300)
    Poetry Workshop 2 (CRW 380)
    Fiction Workshop 2 (CRW 390)
    Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (CRW 405)
    Poetry Workshop 3 (CRW 480)
    Fiction Workshop 3 (CRW 490)
  6. One elective chosen from among the following options:
    An additional full-credit Creative Writing (CRW) course
    Two semesters of Literary Magazine Editing for .5 credit (editorial position) (CRW 075)
    An additional English (ENG) course, for students not double-majoring in English
    One of these Rhetoric courses in creative non-fiction:
    The Essay (RHE 255)
    Cultural Studies (RHE 277)
    Writers Colony (RHE 335)
    Nature Writing (RHE 345)
    Environmental Rhetoric (RHE 357)
  7. Manuscript Workshop (CRW 505) , by application. This is capstone course for the Creative Writing major. Students applying to this course present a complete draft of a manuscript which is then thoroughly revised and polished into a complete, unified, and substantial manuscript appropriate either for use as a graduate program writing sample or for submission for publication.
  8. Senior Reading: a public reading usually given in the spring

Coe College Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing courses are based in the workshop method which focuses on creation and peer review of student-centered texts.

Creative Writing minors fulfill the following requirements over the course of the four years:

  1. One English course (any course number beginning with ENG)
  2. Topics in Creative Writing (CRW 105)
  3. Three Creative Writing Workshops:
    Beginning Playwriting: One Act Play (CRW 200)
    Poetry Workshop I (CRW 280)
    Fiction Workshop I (CRW 290)
    Advanced Playwriting: Full-Length Play (CRW 300)
    Poetry Workshop 2 (CRW 380)
    Fiction Workshop 2 (CRW 390)
    Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (CRW 405)
    Poetry Workshop 3 (CRW 480)
    Fiction Workshop 3 (CRW 490)
  4. One elective chosen from among the following options:
    An additional full-credit Creative Writing (CRW) course
    An additional English (ENG) course
    One Rhetoric courses in creative non-fiction:
    The Essay (RHE 255)
    Cultural Studies (RHE 277)
    Writers Colony (RHE 335)
    Nature Writing (RHE 345)
    Environmental Rhetoric (RHE 357)