Students may apply to be a creative writing major, sequence-based minor, or sequence only. Campus Inclusion & Community cultivates inclusive learning environments through programs that foster meaningful dialogue. Program Overview: Creative Writing Certificate ProgramWriters who are serious about their craft can create a custom course of study to prepare for graduate programs in creative writing. Professors and students work in a close-knit community as they write their own stories, novellas, poems and essays within the living tradition of literature.
While not required for creative writing, these are excellent background courses for writing students, and also serve as prerequisites for the English literature major. The small-group workshop format allows for individual attention from published, award-winning faculty. Flexible scheduling gives students the opportunity to balance their professional, personal and writing lives. In this post-baccalaureate certificate program, students hone their craft, formalize their training and build a solid portfolio of work for application to MFA and MA/PhD programs in writing. While earning their degrees, students connect with other writers at readings and other events in an artistic community that extends beyond the University into Chicagoʼs vibrant literary scene. The course addresses such questions as the relation of criticism to imaginative literature, the rise and fall of specific literary genres, the effect of the university on the production and consumption of literary works, the state of the publishing industry, and international literary contexts. Courses are conducted as writing workshops to allow for valuable feedback from a community of fellow writers. Academic Programs & Centers, home to majors, minors and research opportunities related to identity, social disparities and diversity. Two of these introductory courses are required for admittance to the year-long sequences. So, we are diligent about creating an environment that is inclusive and truly diverse.
Students also learn from prominent visiting writers at our annual Festival of Writing in the Spring. First year students may not apply to the creative writing sequence, even if they complete both pre-requisite classes in the first year. Gain a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative writing by working with established poets and prose writers. Northwestern University offers a variety of graduate and professional programs to help you advance your career. The Design Certificate is available to any Northwestern undergraduate who wants to work on design in a team-based, cross-disciplinary setting. Its reputation based on the accomplishments of its graduates, the generosity of its professors, and a pedagogy that creates a fruitful symbiosis between close reading and inventive writing. Most Creative Writing Majors begin taking creative writing courses in their sophomore year and complete the yearlong “sequence” of study during their junior year, and some have the opportunity to complete an additional honors project before graduation (see Recommended Schedule for Prospective Writing Majors below). Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed this requirement.
NU‚ alumni, individually and through the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, are known not only for their high profile successes in the worlds of film, stage, and television, but also for their willingness to help emerging graduates. Some of our most exciting projects bring together disciplines for new partnerships. To help students determine the strengths and weaknesses of their writing, and learn how to evaluate criticism of their work. To train students to teach creative writing, informed by current pedagogy and classroom experience.
As students analyze and write creative work and learn about the publishing world, their creative development is guided by instructors who are respected writers themselves. The part-time graduate program in creative writing provides students the opportunity to grow as artists within the specializations of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Differences are central to broadening our perspectives, creating thoughtful leaders and sparking new ideas. Meet some of our peopleOur PlacesBordered by a Great Lake and a global city, our campus offers the best of both worlds. Outside of classes, high-end artistic internships and independent studies in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles take you into the professional worlds of theatre, film and television to learn on-the-job.
Rather than just plugging into existing opportunities and forms, how can I think about writing in a new way, combine different media, genres, or idioms and make use of technology to imagine not just a particular play, screenplay, or teleplay, but to envision what playwriting, screenwriting and television could be? These are bold goals that can only be accomplished through collaboration across diverse fields of study. Creative WritingWriters develop their craft through workshop-based critique, analysis of literature and a curriculum that offers a high level of flexibility. Award-winning authors teach poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as courses that cross genres, guiding students to examine literary works as writers and encouraging them to study the best literary models.