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Creative Writing

Creative Writing



In the Creative Writing Major, students inaugurate a life-long apprenticeship in the literary arts. Creative Writing majors study classic and contemporary literature and learn the fundamentals of narrative, poetic, and dramatic craft. Students learn the following:

  • effective use of the writing process
  • use and ethos of the workshop class
  • devices of narrative technical craft
  • devices of poetic technical craft
  • close reading skills

Creative Writing Majors must complete the following course work.

Seven creative writing courses:

  • CW 100A Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW 200A Poetry
  • CW 201A Short Story
  • two workshop courses in the student's principle genre
  • two elective workshops

Five courses in literature (course area designations by the Literature Discipline as per the college catalog):

  • one course in English literature before 1800
  • two courses in American literature
  • one course in Comparative literature
  • one literature elective

In the senior year, majors take CW 498 Creative Writing Capstone.

Creative Writing Majors are urged to participate in International Education Programs such as the London Study Centre and our programs in China and Latin America. Students may also wish to supplement course work by undertaking internships.

Students are required to take CW 200A Poetry and CW 201A Short Story at Eckerd College.

For a minor in Creative Writing students take five courses which bear the CW designation. A Literature course may be substituted for one of these courses. Three must be Eckerd College courses, and two Creative Writing courses must be 300 level or higher.

Students wishing to double major in creative writing and literature must take ten literature courses and fulfill all other requirements for both majors. Literature courses taken for a major in literature may be counted for a minor in creative writing.

The typical course sequence for a major in creative writing follows for the fiction and poetry genres (tracks in nonfiction, playwriting, and journalism are possible):

Core Workshop Courses (required):

    CW 100A Introduction to Creative Writing
    CW 200A Poetry
    CW 201A Short Story

Genre Workshops (two from one genre required)

    Poetry Track

    CW 306 Intermediate Poetry
    CW 335 Advanced Poetry
    CW 340 Avant-garde Poetry

    Fiction Track

    CW 303 Intermediate Fiction
    CW 433 Advanced Fiction

Elective Workshops (two required)

    CW 204A Creative Nonfiction
    CW 220A Journalism
    CW 310A The Craft of Writing
    CW 320 Advanced Journalism
    CW 334A One-Act Play
    CW 336A Screen Writing
    CW 340 Avant-guard Poetry
    CW 401 Publishing and the Writing Career

Senior Workshop (required)

    CW 498 Creative Writing Capstone


Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers. Interested students should follow the Creative Writing Award Submission Guidelines Located on the Financial Aid Home Page under Scholarships and Artistic Achievement Awards and mail all pertinent materials prior to the application deadline.

Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers' conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.