Creative Writing

Creative Writing

The creative writing major deepens our current opportunities for students who are interested in learning through practicing the literary arts. Creative writing is one of the most rapidly growing and popular undergraduate majors nationally.

The creative writing major fuses academic literary study and creative studio work with opportunities for service and experiential learning focusing on nature and culture, cultivating an awareness of how writing emerges from the intersection of self and place. Creative writing majors will have opportunities to interact one-on-one with writers of national and international renown; this feature, in addition to the extensive campus landscape and special courses that combine an immersion in place, literature and creative writing, all serve to make Berry’s program distinctive.

A major in creative writing requires 39 semester hours for the major and participation in a senior reading. The department offers a 200-level course to introduce students to general principles of craft in creative writing. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels concentrate on reading, drafting and revision of creative work in a variety of genres in a workshop format.

All creative writing majors are required to develop a portfolio of written work that represents significant successes in their career as a creative writing major at Berry College. The writing portfolio is completed prior to the student’s graduation and must be reviewed and approved by the English faculty.

Visiting writers
Each year, writers of national and international reputation come to campus for readings and to meet with writing students. Recent visiting writers have included a U.S. Poet Laureate, a National Book winner and a Pulitzer Prize winning poet to name a few.

Course Requirements
The core class requirements for creative writing must add up to 18 hours and include the following:
• Introduction to Literary Studies
• Introduction to Creative Writing, Prose and Poetry
• Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
• Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
• Writing and Community
• Writing about Place: Nature, Culture, Environment

Students must choose from the following for two additional upper division creative writing courses as well, equaling six hours:
• Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry or Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
• Writing for Online Environments
• Advanced Expository Writing
• Introduction to Playwriting
• Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
• Principles of Writing Pedagogy
• Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
• Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
Five additional upper division literature courses, equaling 15 hours, are also required.

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