Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing Concentration (CWC) is offered within the regular English major, and is intended for students interested in and committed both to their own creative work (fiction and/or poetry and/or creative nonfiction) and to the study of literature from a writer's point of view. 

Students are required to complete the usual sequence of required courses for the major, with these differences:

• Students completing the CWC within the general framework of the English Major substitute the following creative writing courses for  the five electives:

◦ 317: Poetry Writing
◦ 318: Fiction Writing
◦ 357: Literature from a Writer's Perspective or English 319:
Creative Nonfiction

Note: Either 317 or 318 or 319 fulfills a Core Expressive Arts

Two advanced writing workshops, chosen from English 397:
Advanced Poetry Workshop;
English 398: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop; English 392:
Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop 

Note: An advanced writing workshop substitutes for the Capstone course, English 390, in the regular major.

If they wish, students may take any one advanced workshop twice to fulfill the Advanced Writing Workshop course requirements.

• CWC students have one English elective in their major.


Of special interest to creative writing students are the readings and class visits by established fiction writers and poets sponsored each year by the English department.