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Creative Writing Program

In the Creative Writing Program at Emory students study both art and craft: the literary traditions in which they write and the elements of craft in poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction. The program fosters their development as writers, through an emphasis on reading as a writer, generating material, and revision.

For Fall 2010 and later courses, the course prefix for Creative Writing courses changed from "ENG" to "ENGCW."

Faculty

Chair/Director
Natasha Trethewey
P1691632
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing

Education

  • BA, University of Georgia, 1989
  • MA, Hollins University, 1991
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1995

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary poetry
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Natasha Trethewey
P1691632
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing

Education

  • BA, University of Georgia, 1989
  • MA, Hollins University, 1991
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1995

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary poetry
Core Faculty
Jericho Brown
P0457553
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Houston,
  • MFA, University of New Orleans,
  • BA, Dillard University,

Departments

  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty
  • English, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Modernism
  • African American Literature
Jim Grimsley
P6149515
Senior Lecturer

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • contemporary fiction
  • playwriting
Joseph Skibell
P9394681
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • MFA, University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary literature
  • drama
Natasha Trethewey
P1691632
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing

Education

  • BA, University of Georgia, 1989
  • MA, Hollins University, 1991
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1995

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary poetry
Lynna Williams
P4365356
Associate Professor

Education

  • BJ, University of Missouri, 1975
  • MFA, George Mason University, 1990

Departments

  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty
  • English, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • contemporary American literature
Kevin Young
P3635556
Atticus Haygood Professor

Education

  • AB, Harvard University, 1992
  • MFA, Brown University, 1996

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Creative Writing, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • creative writing
  • modern and contemporary poetry
  • African American literature
  • film

Courses

Creative Writing 100-Level Courses
ENGCW 190: Freshman Sem:Creatve Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics/genres vary. Emphasizes writing and reading as elements in intellectual exploration. Does not satisfy first-year writing requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
Creative Writing 200-Level Courses
ENGCW 270: Introduction To Creative Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in creative writing covering at least two genres from the following: fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 270W: Introduction To Creative Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in creative writing covering at least two genres from the following: fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 271: Introduction to Poetry Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in poetry writing. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 271W: Introduction to Poetry Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in poetry writing. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 272: Introduction to Fiction Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in fiction writing. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 272W: Introduction to Fiction Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Introductory workshop in fiction writing. Counts as a prerequisite for 300-level intermediate workshops but not for Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, or Advanced Playwriting. May not be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Creative Writing 300-Level Courses
ENGCW 370R: Creative Wrt: Intermed Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing fiction. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 370RW: Creative Wrt: Intermed Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing fiction. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 371R: Creative Wrt: Intermed Poetry
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing poetry. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 371RW: Creative Wrt: Intermed Poetry
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing poetry. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 372R: Creativ Wrt:Interm Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
THEA 372R: Intermediate Playwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing plays.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ENGCW 372RW: Intermediate Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
THEA 372RW: Intermediate Playwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing plays. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 373R: Creative Writing: Adv Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of fiction for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 373RW: Creative Writing: Adv Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of fiction for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 374R: Creative Writing: Adv Poetry
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of poetry for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 374RW: Creative Writing: Adv Poetry
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of poetry for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 375R: Creative Writing: Adv Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of playwriting for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 375RW: Creative Writing: Adv Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring semester. Admittance by assessment of readiness for advanced work by intermediate level instructor in genre. Intensive workshop in the writing of playwriting for advanced students. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 376R: Creativ Wrt:Interm Non-Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in nonfiction genres that often use fictional techniques. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 376RW: Creativ Wrt:Interm Non-Fiction
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in nonfiction genres that often use fictional techniques. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 377R: Creativ Wrt:Interm Translation
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in the theory and practice of translation. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 377RW: Creativ Wrt:Interm Translation
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in the theory and practice of translation. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 378R: Screenwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
FILM 378R: Screenwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in form and structure of screenwriting. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 378RW: Screenwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
FILM 378RW: Screenwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in form and structure of screenwriting. May be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 379: Creative Writing: Spec. Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, variable; maybe be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit when topic varies. Specific topics to be announced. Typical subjects include the novel, first person narrative, formalist poetry, and nonrealistic forms. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
ENGCW 379W: Creative Writing: Spec. Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, variable; maybe be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit when topic varies. Specific topics to be announced. Typical subjects include the novel, first person narrative, formalist poetry, and nonrealistic forms. ENGCW 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
Writing Requirement
Yes
ENGCW 397R: Creativ Writing: Ind Stdy
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, variable; maybe be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit. Project description and written permission of instructor required before registration. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 397RW: Creativ Writing: Ind Stdy
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, variable; maybe be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit. Project description and written permission of instructor required before registration. ENG 270, 271, or 272 required as prerequisite.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Creative Writing 400-Level Courses
ENGCW 495R: Creative Writing Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered every semester. Credit variable; may be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit. Prerequisite: academic eligibility and approval of honors project director. A tutorial designed primarily to assist honors candidates in preparing their projects.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ENGCW 495RW: Creative Writing Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Offered every semester. Credit variable; may be repeated for a maximum of eight hours credit. Prerequisite: academic eligibility and approval of honors project director. A tutorial designed primarily to assist honors candidates in preparing their projects.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.