Creative Writing and Literature

Note: The Creative Writing and Literature Major is open to ALL LSA Students.

This major teaches the sustained practice of fiction or poetry writing combined with the study of literature.  Creative Writing concentrators write fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction under the close guidance of individual faculty.  Seminars and one-on-one tutorials provide students with structure and mentorship as they develop voice and proficiency in their chosen genre.  For many students, this concentration is a way to combine a serious interest in writing with another LSA or RC concentration.

To fulfill the writing requirement, students take a series of courses in the RC that combine class meetings with private critical feedback in weekly tutorials with instructors.  The concentration emphasizes self-directed, intensive writing opportunities, both in class and in extracurricular activities that encourage students to find an audience for their work through readings, informal peer review opportunities, and publication in student-run literary journals, such as the RC Review and Xylem. Concentrators also take five upper-level literature courses, one of which must be in classical or medieval literature.

Creative Writing graduates pursue successful careers as writers, editors, educators, advertising professionals, and many other writing related-fields.  Every year our graduates are admitted to competitive graduate school programs in the fine arts, education, law, business, public policy, social work, and other courses of professional study that demand proficient writing skills and creative approaches to problem solving.

RC Creative Writing students have demonstrated unparalled success in the esteemed U of M Hopwood Awards program, winning 108 awards since the 1994-95 school year.

Please call 734-763-0032 to  make an appointment with Laura Thomas for more detailed information or to declare a Major in Creative Writing and Literature.