English: Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing track

Are you inspired by an intriguing poem or intricately woven story? Do you enjoy creating your own narratives, characters, and plot twists? Studying creative writing opens doors for you to better understand the writing around you and to improve your own creative endeavors.

Auburn’s English, Creative Writing major track is an intensive learning experience that spans multiple genres. Students study poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction—reading classic and contemporary work as models. Students take courses that focus on the “architecture” of stories, poems, and essays; they learn how each piece works and apply those lessons to the creation of their own original work. Writing workshops, one-on-one conferences, and discussions of craft are the focal point of classroom instruction. Majors in the creative writing program develop a portfolio of creative work in a capstone course. Additionally, students are invited to participate in creative events across campus, such as the Auburn Writers Conference, which draws best-selling authors and publishing professionals.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in English from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Creative Writing

The creative writing minor requires 15 credit hours. Students must earn a 'C' or better in all minor courses.

  • ENGL 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 4200 Fiction Writing I (3)
  • ENGL 4210 Fiction Writing II (3)
  • ENGL 4220 Poetry Writing I (3)
  • ENGL 4230 Poetry Writing II (3)

For more information about Creative Writing

Creative Writing Program Website

Careers in Creative Writing

A list of careers is not available at this time.

Curriculum in English: Creative Writing

Curriculum in English: Creative Writing Students must take ENGL 2000 (Introduction to Creative Writing) as their gateway course to this track. ENGL 4240 (Special Project in Creative Writing) is the capstone course.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)13
 13 16
Core Literature23Core Literature23
Core Science I4Core Science II4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
ENGL 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
Approved Minor33Course from Group 143
 16 15
ENGL 4200 Fiction Writing I3ENGL 4220 Poetry Writing I3
ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 243Approved Minor33
 4000-level Literature Course3
 15 16
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3ENGL 4230 Poetry Writing II3
ENGL 4210 Fiction Writing II3ENGL 4240 Special Project in Creative Writing53
Approved Minor36Approved Minor33
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.


Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence.


Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.


Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses for Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics or Rhetoric), and ENGL electives.


ENGL 4240 fulfills SLO 7.


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Last Updated: June 21, 2016