The collateral writing major focuses on the development of students' composing skills in a variety of genres. Within this major there are two tracks. The General Track - overseen by the Rhetoric Department -- helps students become skilled, reflective writers capable of responding effectively to many different rhetorical situations. The Poetry and Fiction Track - overseen by the English Department -- helps students develop knowledge and skills appropriate to writing engaging and sophisticated poetry and fiction.
- Practicing, professional writers teach the classes.
- Three literary journals are published on Coe's campus: The Coe Review, a journal of poetry and fiction; Colere, a journal devoted to writing about cultural exploration; and The Pearl, a journal of student-written non-fiction.
- Coe's Writing Center serves as a hub for writers wanting to share their ideas, drafts, or manuscripts with other writers outside a class setting.
- Writing majors have many off-campus study opportunities. Writing courses have been taught by Coe faculty at Tybee Island, the Coe Wilderness Station in Minnesota, the Lake District in England and Mongolia.