Creative Writing | Department of English | SIU

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Creative Writing

If you are interested in writing fiction, poetry, or literary non-fiction, you may develop your creative interests by taking courses in the writing of these genres, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in creative writing, and a final creative writing seminar, along with approved courses in other departments. This option requires the English core plus the following: 

  • ENGL 381A (Beginning Fiction) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 382A (Beginning Poetry) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 381B (Intermediate Fiction) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 382B (Intermediate Poetry) (3 hours)
  • One of the following (3 hours): ENGL 351 (Forms of Fiction) or ENGL 352 (Forms of Poetry)
  • Followed by one of the following (3 hours): ENGL 492A or B: Creative Writing Seminar