Creative Writing


Director
Michael Wright
Applied Professor of Creative Writing, Theatre and Film

The Certificate in Creative Writing is designed to provide a more formal and academic study of the art and craft of expression in the areas of poetry, fiction and/or performance writing, as preparation for either graduate school or career.

The Creative Writing Certificate is interdisciplinary in that it emphasized the importance of both formal and cultural diversity towards the development of the individual's vision and voice.  Students will explore the art of writing in myriad genres and styles; they will also study the applications (and implications) of creative writing through exposure to historical, cultural, and inter-media possibilities.  It is imperative for the student of any art form to explore variations on creativity in other disciplines.  Therefore the program will intersect offerings in eight departments within the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences:  Anthropology, Art, Communication, english, Film Studies, Languages, Music and Theatre.

Certificate Requirements 

Required Courses Credit Hours
Reading Courses* 
Emphasis ** 15
Total Hours Required 21


*Required from two separate departments.  One must also be a 3000 or 4000 level class.  In addition, all students pursuing the certificate must take ENGL 2403. Courses may be selected from offerings in English, Film Studies, Languages or Theatre. 

**May be taken in courses which either focus on or enhance creative writing, as listed.  Students may focus in one form (a maximum of of four courses) but must take one course in another form in addition to their area of focus (i.e., four poetry and one screenwriting--and one course in Anthropology, Art, History, or Feature Writing, etc.).

Reading Courses

  • Com   3013 Mediated Meaning
  • Engl   2313 Reading Major American  Writers
  • Engl   2513 Reading Major British Writers I
  • Engl   2523 Reading Major British Writers II
  • Engl   3053/FLM/WS 3153  Literature and Film
  • Engl   3243 African American Literature
  • Engl   3313 19th -Century American Literature
  • Engl   3323 20th -Century American Literature
  • Engl   3333 Contemporary American Literature
  • Engl   3343 African American Novel
  • Engl   3353 Contemporary British Literature
  • Engl   3423 Medieval British Literature
  • Engl   3433 16th-Century British Literature
  • Engl   3443 17th-Century British Literature
  • Engl   3453 Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
  • Engl   3463 The Romantic Period in British Literature
  • Engl   3473 The Victorian Period in British Literature
  • Engl   3483 Early 20th-Century British and Irish Literature
  • Flm    2023 Foundations of Screenwriting
  • Flm    2123 Survey of Modern Screenwriting
  • Flm/Engl  2273 Film History
  • Flm/Engl  3283 Film Theory and Criticism
  • Thea   2173/Flm 2373 Survey of Modern Playwriting
  • Thea   2323 Survey of Dramatic Literature
  • Thea   2523 Contemporary Women Playwrights
  • Thea   3023 Classical Theatre
  • Thea   3473 Musical Theatre Literature
  • Thea   4413 Contemporary Theatre and Drama
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  • Cplt        2013 Comparative Mythology
  • Cplt/Flm  2043 Back to the Present: Part I, American Culture on Film
  • Cplt     2313 Gangster Films
  • Cplt     2513 Colossus of the South, Brazil
  • Cplt     2613 Argentine Culture on Film
  • Cplt     2713 The Faust Myth in German Literature and Film
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  • Fr        3033 Approaches to the Analysis of French Texts
  • Fr        3683 Cinema et Culture
  • Germ   3023 German Film
  • Germ   3173 Masterpieces of German Literature I
  • Germ   3183 Masterpieces of German Literature II
  • Grk      3013 Attic Prose
  • Grk      3103 Homer
  • Grk      3203 Tragedy 
  • Lang/WS 2213 Language, Gender, and Society
  • Lat       3023 Advanced Latin Text I
  • Lat       3033 Advanced Latin Text II
  • Russ     3033 Approaches to Russian Literature
  • Russ     3043 20th Century Russian Literature
  • Span     3033 Explication of Hispanic Literary Texts
  • Span     3333 Spanish Film
  • Span     4033 The Theatre in Spain
  • Span     4043 Narrative Patterns and the Quijote
  • Span     4053 Poetry of Spain
  • Span     4073 Poetry of Latin America
  • Span     4083 The Novel in Latin America
  • Span     4093 Short Story of Latin America
  • Span     4103 Modern Spanish Narrative
  • Span     4973 Seminar in Spanish Literature
  • Span     4983 Seminar in Latin American Literature

Creative Writing Courses

  • Com  3233 Writing Nonfiction
  • Com  3413 News Gathering
  • Com  3493 Feature Writing
  • Com  4113 Documentary Workshop
  • Engl  2403  Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Engl  3213 Writing Fiction
  • Engl  3223 Writing Poetry
  • Engl  4263 Advanced Poetry Writing
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  • Flm  3063 Adaptation to Stage and Screen 
  • Flm  3113 Scripting for TV, Radio and Podcasting
  • Flm  3143 Screenwriting I
  • Flm  4143 Screenwriting II
  • Flm 4243 Screenwriting III
  • Flm  4973 Advanced Film and Video Seminar
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  • Thea  3053 Playwriting
  • Thea  4003 Playwriting Workshop
  • Thea  4143 Screenwriting Workshop

Students interested in this Certificate should consult with the Program Director or the College Advising Office for specific course requirements.