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Creative Writing Program

Creative writing workshops have been taught at Brandeis since 1951. Creative writing became one of the English tracks in 1997, and in 2003 a major in its own right. It is also a popular choice in a minor.

The Creative Writing Program is structured to allow flexible participation in its activities by a diverse body of students; our workshops are made up of both new and seasoned writers, whose interest or commitment may vary in nature or over time.. The major consists of a combination of writing workshops, literature courses, studio art, and independent study, culminating in a body of creative work of high caliber, and a historical and contemporary grasp of literary currents.

Students who wish to pursue a more intensive, in-depth project may speak with their advisor about the Creative Writing honors option. Under the thesis option, it culminates in a book-length thesis in poetry, fiction or another literary genre, written under the close supervision of a creative writing faculty member over the two semesters of the senior year. Students wishing to apply for the thesis may do so in the second semester of their sophomore year; more details can be found below. Students may also pursue a single-semester senior honors project under the direction of their advisor.

Current faculty members include:

Co-Director Stephen McCauley

Co-Director Elizabeth Bradfield

Professor of English Mary Baine Campbell

Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence Rebecca Morgan Frank

Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer Michelle Hoover

Requirements for Creative Writing Major.