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English Creative Writing

The English/Creative Writing master's program is designed as "An Education for the Working Writer" and will offer the rare combination of artistic and professional training to provide graduates with a very real edge with which to meet this market's consistent demands.

Admission

Students admitted to the Creative Writing concentration are expected to have at least an undergraduate minor in English and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).

Consideration will be given to those having the equivalent of 18 hours beyond the general education level, but such consideration will depend on the courses taken. More undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee.

Applicants must submit a writing sample of not less than ten (10) and not more than twenty (20) pages in the genre of their choice. (10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose/fiction or non-fiction, 20 pages of drama) Final admission to the concentration is granted based on the quality and potential of the work submitted as determined by the Creative Writing Reading Committee.

 

View Program Requirements

Required Course: (6)

  • English 600 Thesis (6)

Professional: (6)

Select Two (2) Of The Following: 

  • English 510 Teaching College Composition : Theory and Practice (3)
  • English 570 Professional Writing and Edition (3)
  • English 603 Teaching Creative Writing (3)
  • English 604 The Business Of Creative Writing (3)

Workshop Courses: (12)

Select Four (4) From The Following; At Least Three (3) Credit Hours Should Be Outside The Student's Primary Genre. Please Note: Most Often, The Creative Writing Thesis Is Composed Of Work Produced In The Graduate Workshops; Therefore, Workshop Courses May Be Repeated For Credit.

  • English 575 Advanced Dramatic Writing (3)
  • English 576 Advanced Fiction Writing (3)
  • English 577 Advanced Poetry Writing (3)
  • English 578 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)

Literature Courses: (9)

Complete:

  • English 562 Literary Criticism (3)
  • OR English 606 Introduction to English Graduate Studies (3)

And Select Two (2) Additional Graduate Level Literature Courses One Of Which Must Be At The 600-Level:

  • English 511 The Epic (3)
  • English 512 Poetry (3)
  • English 513 The Novel (3)
  • English 514 Short Story (3)
  • English 515 Drama (3)
  • English 516 The Bible As Literature (3)  
  • English 517 Nonfiction (3)
  • English 522 Major Figures In Fiction (3)
  • English 523 Major Figures In Poetry (3)
  • English 525 Studies In Shakespeare (3)
  • English 531 Arthurian Literature (3)
  • English 532 Women And Literature (3)
  • English 538 Studies in World Literature (3) 
  • English 540 Studies in Literary History (3) 
  • English 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • English 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • English 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • English 544 Literature And Culture (3)
  • English 545 Studies In Children's Literature (3)
  • English 546 Studies in Young Adult Literature (3) 
  • English 595 Special Topics (1-3)
  • English 611 Studies In British Medieval Literature (3)
  • English 621 Studies In The English Renaissance (3)
  • English 631 Studies In British Neoclassicism And The Eighteenth Century (3)
  • English 641 Studies In British Romantic And Victorian Literature (3)
  • English 651 Studies In Modern And Contemporary British Literature (3)
  • English 661 Studies In American Colonial Literature (3)
  • English 671 Studies In American Romanticism (3)
  • English 681 Studies In American Realism And Naturalism (3)
  • English 691 Studies In Modern And Contemporary American Literature (3)
  • English 695 Studies In Special Topics (1-3)

Total Credit Hours Required: 33

 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Steven P. Faulkner
Grainger 208
434.395.2166
faulknersp@longwood.edu

 

 

Culmination

The candidate for the Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing is required to complete a creative thesis.

It is strongly recommended that students in this concentration wait to register for thesis (English 600) until a minimum of two (2) workshop course requirements have been met as the student's thesis will be comprised of work produced and revised over the course of study.

Thesis work should be in the student's primary genre and should be of publishable quality. A thesis defense focusing on elements of craft specifically related to thesis content, genre, and track will be required.

Thesis Manual

Checklist for Planning Your Creative Writing Program