Creative Writing Course Changes

In accordance with the introduction of the new General Education curriculum, the Creative Writing program has made significant changes to the 200-level courses. All introductory Creative Writing courses at other institutions are no longer equivalent to the introductory Creative Writing workshops at UMCP. While transfer credit will still be awarded for courses designated as equivalent to ENGL294, 296, or 297, these courses may no longer be used to gain admission into the 300-level workshops at UMCP.    

Below are the new workshops and descriptions, as well as guidelines for determining whether you are eligible to enroll in 352/353.

Updated Workshops and Descriptions

ENGL271: Writing Poems and Stories: An Introductory Workshop
Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction and poetry. Emphasis on critical reading of literary models. Exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process. 

ENGL272: Writing Fiction: A Beginning Workshop
Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction. Emphasis on critical reading of literary models. Exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.

ENGL273: Writing Poetry: A Beginning Workshop
Introduction to theory and practice of writing poetry. Emphasis on critical reading of literary models. Exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.

ENGL274:  Creative Writing Through The Eyes of African Americans: A Beginning Workshop
Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction, drama and poetry, with an emphasis on African American literary models. Critical reading, exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.

Enrolling in the Intermediate Workshops

There are still two ways to gain admission to the 300-level workshops:

1.     Any student may submit a portfolio to the department, as before.  

2.     Students may gain admission by way of coursework:

  • In Fall 2011 or before, you have earned an A or A- in ENGL294, 296, or 297 at UMCP
  • Beginning Spring 2012, you earn an A or A- in ENGL271, 272, or 273 at UMCP
  • For Spring 2012 enrollments ONLY, by transfer credit, if you have earned at another institution an A or A- in a course deemed equivalent to ENGL294, 296, or 297