B.A. in English: Literature
B. A. English: Creative Writing
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Program Directors: 

Terry Fairchild, Ph.D.
Nynke Passi

To serve the needs of all writing students, we offer two Creative Writing options. The first is an all writing track for those who just want to take courses in Creative Writing. The second, English: Literature and Creative Writing is for those who share the belief that reading good literature enhances writing. This second option is recommended for those who are considering a profession in teaching and for those writers who are thinking of going on to graduate school in English Literature.

A common axiom among writers is that “every kind of writing improves every other form of writing.” At this university we offer students the opportunity to engage in a wide range of writing genres that highlight all interests: travel writing, personal writing, memoir, writing for children, poetry, fiction, literary non-fiction, and environmental writing.

Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing    

Degree Requirements

44 Units (11 four unit courses) in Creative Writing (WTG courses)
Plus LIT 205 Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing
Plus Senior Thesis (4 units)
Alternative: Students may replace some Creative Writing courses with Literature (LIT) Courses (up to 24 units)

Degree Requirements
Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in English: Literature and Creative Writing    
Degree Requirements
LIT 205 Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing
LIT 497 Senior Thesis
24 units of upper division creative writing creative courses (WTG 200 and above)
24 units of literature courses (LIT 300 and above).
In addition, students need to satisfy the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
Creative Writing
 Student Learning Outcomes
Students in Creative Writing (Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing) should be able to do the following upon graduation.
  1. Learn the basic elements of poetry: sound, rhythm, image, symbol, metaphor.
  2. Learn the basic elements of fiction: plot, structure, character, point-of-view, setting. 
  3. Learn the basic forms of the non-fiction essay: the memoir, the personal essay, the nature essay, the travel essay.
  4. Look for models in the genre and sub-genres of your interest.
  5. Develop a personal voice and an individual style.
  6. Function in a workshop atmosphere in which you give and receive constructive criticism.
  7. Develop methods of proofing, editing, and revision.
  8. Learn to produce original work in a genre of choice.
  9. Read extensively in the genres that you wish to write.
  10. Develop the professional habits that make professional writers successful.
  11. Engage in a community of artists for inspiration and knowledge of your craft.
  12. Develop a high-minded approach to art founded on the refined consciousness developed through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and the TM Sidhi Program.
  13. Write with professional competence.
  14. Write with passion and commitment.
  15. Don’t settle for mediocrity.
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