Chatham University

Creative Writing Curriculum

Program Requirements

+ Creative Writing Major Requirements

13 courses, including:
ENG242 Introduction to Creative Writing

This course introduces students to the distinguishing features and traditional elements of poems, plays, fiction, and nonfiction writing. Students read classic and contemporary works in each of these genres, while attending to how a given text adheres to or plays with generic norms. Readings in genre theory will accompany each unit of the course.

3
ENG243 Creative Writing I

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 242 or professor's permission

3
ENG244 Creative Writing II

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 243 or professor's permission

3
ENG245 Advanced Writing Workshop

This course focuses on creative writing for experienced writers, geared toward preparing a finished manuscript for potential publication. Fiction writers work intensively on a single story, revising and integrating its various parts. Poets write either long poems or poetic sequences and experiment with contemporary variations on traditional forms. Prerequisite(s): ENG 243 and 244, or professor's permission

3
ENG249 Writing for Children

Explores multiple facets of writing literature for preschool through adolescent audiences. Focuses on the transformation of experience and memory into a fictional story, developing a voice and point of view, character development, plot construction and intensification, describing setting, and use of vocabulary appropriate to the age of the audience.

3
ENG350 Seminar in Literary Theory and Scholarly Writing

An advanced course in writing literary analysis and methods of literary research; required of all junior English majors and interdepartmental majors before enrollment in the tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Second-term junior status.

3
ENG498 Tutorial: English

4
ENG499 Tutorial: English

4
3 Literature survey courses from the following:
ENG204 World Literature

A critical approach to major writers in several world traditions, from various periods, including such representative authors as Chuang Tze, Plato, and Wole Soyinka, and such representative works as the "Book of Genesis," The Bacchae, and The Odyssey.

3
ENG207 British Writers I

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Anglo-Saxon, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including such representative authors as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shake-speare, Donne, and Milton.

3
ENG208 British Writers II

A critical and historical approach to major writers in English during the Augustan, Romantic, and Victorian periods, including such representative authors as Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Keats, Arnold, Tennyson, and Browning.

3
ENG216W American Writers I

A study of cultural and literary developments in America, beginning with the Puritans and culminating with the writers of the American Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Hawthorne, and Melville.

3
ENG321W Shakespeare Survey

A representative study of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies as literary, dramatic, and Elizabethan art.

3
ENG287 African-American Writers

This course provides an introduction to the African-American expressive tradition, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, song and folktales from the 18th century to the present. Examining writers such as Douglass, Chesnutt, Brooks, Baldwin, Ellison, and Walker, this course works to delineate the critical and historical contours of the African-American literary tradition.

3
1 English Content Course at 300-level or above
2 300-level or above Creative Writing Courses from the following: (one of which must be a craft course in the area of student tutorial)
ENG313 Special Topics

3
ENG581 The Craft of Fiction

This is a required course for MFA students specializing in fiction. Students will experiment with creating scene, sense of place, summary, dialogue, framing, flashbacks, and transitions. Students will be introduced to the workshop method and given instruction on sending work out for publication.

3
ENG582 The Craft of Nonfiction

This is a required course for MFA students specializing in creative nonfiction. Readings and writing will include exploration of scene construction, sense of place, point of view, character and narrator development, tone, lyricism, structure and oral presentation of the work. Students will be introduced to the workshop method and given instruction on sending work out for publication.

3
ENG583 The Craft of Poetry

This is a required course for MFA students specializing in poetry. Reading and writing will center on the craft of poetry including music and rhythmic devices in both traditional and experimental forms. Students will be introduced to the workshop method and given instruction on sending work out for publication.

3
ENG586 The Craft of Writing for Children

This course, required for all MFA students specializing in writing for children, examines the basic principles that guide writers for children and adolescents, beginning with concept and picture books and extending into full-length works of fiction and nonfiction. Students will explore multiple genres and audiences in this wrting-intensive course.

3
FDT331 Foundations of Screenwriting

This course focuses on content writing for film and emerging media creative projects. Theory and practice are intentionally intermingled to demonstrate the mixture of intellectual context and intuition with which the writer works. Students learn how to imagine, write and produce a project that illustrates innovations in story development.

3

+ Creative Writing Minor Requirements

5 courses, including:
3 of the following:
ENG243 Creative Writing I

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 242 or professor's permission

3
ENG244 Creative Writing II

Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse. Prerequisite: ENG 243 or professor's permission

3
ENG245 Advanced Writing Workshop

This course focuses on creative writing for experienced writers, geared toward preparing a finished manuscript for potential publication. Fiction writers work intensively on a single story, revising and integrating its various parts. Poets write either long poems or poetic sequences and experiment with contemporary variations on traditional forms. Prerequisite(s): ENG 243 and 244, or professor's permission

3
2 300-level or above writing-intensive courses or graduate writing workshops with permission of the director of the M.F.A. program.