Chatham University

Creative Writing Curriculum

Major Requirements for the Bachelor’s degree
19 courses, including:
ENG 242
Literary Forms and Genre Theory
3 Credits
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.
ENG 243
Creative Writing I
3 Credits
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.
ENG 244
Creative Writing II
3 Credits
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.
ENG 245
Advanced Writing Workshop
3 Credits
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
ENG 249
Writing for Children
3 Credits
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.
ENG 350
Seminar in Literary Theory and Scholarly Writing
3 Credits
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.
ENG 498
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
ENG 499
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
3 Literature survey courses from the following:
ENG 204
World Literature
3 Credits
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.
ENG 207
British Writers I
3 Credits
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.
ENG 208
British Writers II
3 Credits
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.
ENG 216
American Writers I
3 Credits
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.
ENG 217
American Writers II
3 Credits
A continuation of English 216, with emphasis on such figures as Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Henry James, Faulkner, and Sylvia Plath.
ENG 222
Shakespeare Survey
3 Credits
A representative study of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies as literary, dramatic, and Elizabethan art.
ENG 287
African-American Writers
3 Credits
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.
*ENG584 is required to prepare students for Environmental focus of MFA.

**One of the 500-level craft courses must be in area of student’s primary genre, and should be selected in consultation with director of MFA program.

**ENG485/585 The Craft of Travel Writing has been deleted from the Creative Writing list for BFA students who plan to proceed to MFA, as it will benefit the MFA student to take this course closer to ENG687 Field Seminar, required for MFA.