Exploration is integral to good writing, and the best writers are avid and rigorous readers. Our major therefore places writing practice within the study of literature and the literary arts, encouraging artistic inquiry through courses in literature, film, theory, and cultural studies. Our majors deepen their understanding of the value and importance of creative writing through service and internship opportunities. Our Presidential Award-winning Experiential Learning course trains students to bring creative writing into area elementary schools.
Our new Medical Humanities course, “Clinical Encounters,” takes pre-health students from the classroom to the clinic – giving them vital clinical experiences and helping our community re-think the reach of creative writing.
Creative Writing Courses Abroad
Our department regularly offers Creative Writing courses abroad where students practice writing in rich, intercultural contexts. Students learn about literary traditions of their host country by meeting local writers, attending workshops with local students, and through readings and site visits that immerse them in the local culture.
May 2016, 2015
Creative Writing: Cultural and Ethical Aspects of Creative Writing
This course is an intercultural creative writing workshop. Students take this course together with English-speaking students of the University of Pavia. Course activities focus on writing exercises and workshops within a larger thematic framework: the ethics of creative writing.
- Live and study with Italian students in a beautiful and historic college
- Explore northern Italy on weekend trips to Parma, Lake Como, and Milan
- Spend two days in Florence
- Develop your writing skills through exercises, cross-cultural workshops, and individual feedback
May 2016, 2015, 2014
London, England and Paris, France
Creative Writing: London and Paris
Spend one week in London going to the theater, visiting the Tower of London and visiting the birthplace of Shakespeare. Then, it is on to Paris for a week, where we will eat croissants in the morning before seeing some of the greatest paintings and cathedrals ever created in the afternoon. You will also be able to explore these culturally rich cities on your own. You will discover what so many travel writers have experienced before you-travel and writing go hand in hand.
- Attend a major musical production
- Visit Stonehenge and the birthplace of Shakespeare
- Visit the Tower of London and ride the London Eye
- Explore London’s museums and attractions
- Eat amazing French food and see the Eiffel Tower
- Visit the Louvre and other famous museums
- Visit Notre Dame and other beautiful churches
Creative Writing: The Allure of Venice
What makes Venice so fascinating? Why do writers (like Shakespeare, Proust, Voltaire, Lord Byron, Henry James, Ruskin, and Goethe) set their work in Venice? We spend three weeks island-hopping, exploring districts and museums - getting to know the structure and character of Venice. Students write their own creative responses - in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction - to the city. Come and discover how place inspires the imagination.
- Explore Venice’s art, architecture, and ecology
- Stay on the sandy beach of the Lido
- See the sites of famous scenes in world literature
- Visit the Accademia Gallery, the Fenice Theatre, and the glass works of Murano
- Attend a musical performance at the Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation
- Travel to nearby Padua and Florence