Courses Overview

The English Department offers creative writing courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-levels. Per recent changes to department policy, admission to the 300-level workshops now requires either a portfolio submission or a grade of an A or A- in the appropriate 200-level workshop. To enroll in the 400-level courses, students must successfully complete the equivalent 300-level workshop as a prerequisite. Please see the following categories for additional information on these courses. Questions can be directed to the English Undergraduate Studies Office at (301) 405-3825 or english@umd.edu

 

Introductory Courses: 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.
  
Intermediate Courses: ENGL352: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Requires admission via portfolio submission or an A or A- in ENGL271, 272, or 274. Practice in the craft of writing fiction, with special attention to the revision process. Selected readings, frequent writing exercises, workshop format.
 ENGL353: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Requires admission via portfolio submission or an A or A- in ENGL271, 273, or 274. Practice in the craft of writing poetry, with special attention to the revision process. Selected readings, frequent writing exercises, workshop format.
  
Advanced Courses:ENGL498: Advanced Fiction Workshop
Prerequisite: ENGL396. Repeatable to 6 credits for the English major if content differs, and repeatable up to 9 credits for the Creative Writing minor. Practice in the craft of writing fiction, with emphasis on the revision process. Students encouraged to experiment with a variety of subjects, voices, and forms. Selected readings, frequent writing exercises, workshop format.
 ENGL499: Advanced Poetry Workshop
Prerequisite: ENGL397. Repeatable to 6 credits for the English major if content differs, and repeatable up to 9 credits for the Creative Writing minor. Practice in the craft of writing poetry, with emphasis on the revision process. Students encouraged to experiment with a variety of subjects, forms, and literary conventions. Selected readings, frequent writing exercises, workshop format.

Majors and Minors

English majors can choose to emphasize Creative Writing. Please see the list of English major emphases for more information.

The English Department also offers an undergraduateCreative Writing minor.