Indiana University Creative Writing Program
Creative Writing Program
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Undergraduate Creative Writing

Creative writing is an art that builds tangible skills for a range of careers and opportunities beyond the classroom.

Writing creatively challenges you to engage with language in innovative ways. It employs all of our facilities—emotional, intuitive, logical—often to startling changes in the way we view our surroundings. This translates to a highly sharpened ability for problem solving, which is of tremendous benefit in careers such as publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, education, business, and others where expert language and writing skills often translate to success.

The Creative Writing Program offers writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, taught by an award-winning faculty and within a program that is considered one of the best in the country. Whether you take one or three or five creative writing classes, our aim is to assist in your development as a writer. Here you will have the opportunity to share your writing with others and receive constructive feedback in a supportive and productive atmosphere. In addition, you will have opportunities to compete for creative writing prizes, and to attend readings from an impressive range of distinguished writers that our program brings to campus each year.

In sum, Undergraduate Creative Writing aims to help you develop skills that will allow you to:

  • convincingly translate an imagined world onto the page;
  • utilize language and techniques of writing with care;
  • re-conceptualize and revise any written work;
  • respond constructively and productively to judgement of your work;
  • and engage critically with texts.

To explore your options or declare a minor or major concentration, schedule a meeting by phone at (812) 855-9532 or in person at BH442 with Karen Ellis or Nate Hendershott, academic advisors in the Department of English. Complete information about the requirements for the minor and major concentration can be found in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.


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