Although the Minor in Creative Writing is new, Washington and Lee University has cultivated great student and faculty writing for decades through the English Department and Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review. Distinguished alumni include Tom Wolfe, Marshall Boswell, Mark Richard, Christian Wiman, and Lyrae Van Clief. Previous faculty members include Claudia Emerson, Dabney Stuart, Heather Ross Miller, and Asali Solomon. The Glasgow Endowment for Visiting Writers brings an exceptional roster of artists to campus for readings and workshops, from Eavan Boland and Rita Dove to Linda Hogan and Michael Chabon.
Students interested in creative writing should start, after completing the FDR requirement in Writing, with 200-level courses in literature and 200-level workshop courses (203, 204, 205). 203 and 204 are usually offered in Fall; 205 is offered every other Spring.
Next, find an adviser in the English Department; if you would like assistance finding an adviser, visit the Department Head during his or her office hours for help.
Students may major in English (11 courses) and also minor in Creative Writing (6 courses), but if they do so, only 3 courses may overlap (minimum 14 courses total). All the creative writing workshops may count as electives towards the English major.
A minor in Creative Writing requires six three- or four-credit courses, exclusive of English 101, 105, and 201. The courses must include:
Creative writing minors are also required to participate in a capstone public reading in winter or spring of the senior year.
Students may major in English (11 courses) and also minor in Creative Writing (6 courses), but if they do so, only 3 courses may overlap (minimum 14 courses total).
At Washington and Lee, the discipline of creative writing is firmly embedded in the study of literature. Students earning a minor in creative writing read widely; practice critical analysis; study the forms, modes, and histories of literature in English; and develop their own writing through creative exercises and workshop critique. Small classes, dedicated faculty, and a lively program of extracurricular offerings foster a supportive and challenging writing community.
Students minoring in Creative Writing will learn how to