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Creative Writing

Creative Writing at MCLA covers the entire spectrum of writing modes: from fiction and poetry through essays, advanced journalism and magazine writing, to scriptwriting. All writing classes are small and are taught as workshops, so you may enter them at whatever level of proficiency you have and expect to advance.

Once you have taken a course in a particular mode of writing, you may continue in that area through independent study, meeting one-on-one with members of the writing faculty, or participating in a writing workshop with other students.

You are encouraged to submit your work to the literary and arts magazine, Spires, which is a forum for creative work published by students. To learn the details of editing creative work, you can join its editorial board.

You are also encouraged to read your work in public, at an event each spring that's open to the college and community. In addition, you can help organize and participate in occasional readings in local coffee houses and in professor's homes throughout the year. 


Total credits required for Creative Writing concentration: 48

Foundation courses - 24 credits

Department electives - 6 credits


Concentration Courses

Creative Writing Sequence

Select six courses, 3 at the 200-level or above, and 3 at the 300-level or above (each 3 credits):

The Personal Essay (ENGL 202)

Experiments in Creative Writing (ENGL 208)

The Power of Words (ENGL 231)

Creative Writing: Fiction (ENGL 300)

Creative Writing: Poetry (ENGL 301)

Creative Writing: Scripts (ENGL 302)

Writing Prose (ENGL 303)

Creative Writing: Playwriting (ENGL 304)

Magazine Writing & Editing (ENGL 305)

Advanced Poetry Workshop (ENGL 430)

Advanced Fiction Workshop (ENGL 435)

Independent Study (ENGL 500) 


Professional Writing Sequence

Select six courses, 3 at the 200-level or above, and 3 at the 300-level or above (each 3 credits)

The Personal Essay (ENGL 202)

Writing and Reporting the News I (ENGL 239)

Creative Writing: Scripts (ENGL 302)

Magazine Writing & Editing (ENGL 305)

Business Writing & Presentation (ENGL 306)

Writing Associate Workshop (ENGL 308)

Technical Writing (ENGL 309)

News Editing Practicum (ENGL 321)

Writing & Reporting the News II (ENGL 339)

Public Relations (ENGL 396)

Senior News Editing Practicum (ENGL 427)

Independent Study (ENGL 500)

Internship (ENGL 540)