Concentration in Creative Writing

The concentration in Creative Writing is for students who have an interest in developing their talent as novelists, short fiction or creative nonfiction writers, poets and dramatists. The concentration is also designed for student who wish to focus on the study of writing more broadly. It provides a strong background in literary studies and emphasizes general writing skills. Students in the concentration are prepared for lives as writers.     

Wilson College has a rich tradition of producing excellent writers. Wilson authors have published hundreds of book of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, and have seen their works produced on the Broadway stage, nominated for major literary awards, and rocketing to the top of the bestseller list. Past Wilson authors include members of the National Songwriting Hall of Fame, a National Poet of Scotland, and finalists for several major literary awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the American Library Association Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize.     

By the end of the program, students will have completed a full-length manuscript and learned the process for submitting their work for publication. Students will also be prepared for graduate study in M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs emphasizing creative writing. The department’s focus on general writing skills and career preparedness also ensures that students will be ready to enter the world of work, whether in publishing, freelance writing, media content creation, or in numerous other writing-related fields.

Required Courses:

ENG 220: Creative Writing
ENG 210: Advanced Exposition
ENG 311: Structure of the English Language
ENG 355: Internship in Writing
ENG 400: Assessment Portfolio (1 credit)

Plus one of the following:

ENG 321 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry


ENG 323 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction


ENG 325 Topics in Creative Writing

ENG 212: Technical Writing


ENG 201 Media Writing                   

ENG 345 Shakespeare's Histories and Comedies


ENG 346 Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances

ENG 499: Thesis in Creative Writing


The student will also take three additional courses from the offerings in English. At least two of the four courses (which would include the required Shakespeare course) must be at the 300 level. No 100-level English courses count toward the completion of the concentration. Coursework is supplemented by seminars in genres, markets, and master classes by visiting writers that all students in the concentration are encouraged to attend.

Each student in the Creative Writing Concentration is also required to develop a familiarity with a coherent subject area that could become a writing specialty by taking at least four courses from a subject area other than English. Students can satisfy this requirement by: 1) earning a formal Wilson College minor; or 2) declaring a double major in another subject area.