Creative Writing Courses

The Department of English offers workshop courses in writing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and in journalism for those students who wish to gain extensive experience in writing. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as Manuscript and The Lens, and to enter Carleton's literary contests. English Majors who are creative writers may choose the creative writing comps option.

Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Gregory Hewett and Susan Jaret McKinstry, and fiction writer Gregory Blake Smith. In addition to courses offered by regular faculty members, the department brings visiting writers to campus to read and to conduct workshops in their specialties. Frequent visitors are Dennis Cass, freelance writer from Minneapolis, and Doug McGill, editor of the McGill Report.

Additional visitors have included playwright Tony Kushner, memoirists Richard Rodriguez and Patricia Hampl, poets Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds and Andrew Hudgins, nature writers Dan O'Brien and David Rains Wallace, and fiction-writers Jane Hamilton, Ann Beattie, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Marilynne Robinson.

Creative Writing Projects by Carleton Students are available on the Creative Writing Contests page.

Creative Writing Courses: 2013-2014

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Fall Term

ENGL 160: Introduction to Creative Writing - Susan Jaret McKinstry

ENGL 270: Short Story Workshop - Gregory Blake Smith

ENGL 275: Rhetoric and Self-Presentation - Carol Rutz 
In addition to the creative writing courses, the English Department will offer this course in essay writing Fall Term, taught by Carol Rutz, director of Carleton's Writing Program.

Winter Term

ENGL 160: Introduction to Creative Writing - Gregory Hewett

ENGL 270: Short Story Workshop - Gregory Blake Smith

ENGL 271: Poetry Workshop - Gregory Hewett

ENGL 272: Telling True Stories: A Journey in Journalism - Doug McGill

Spring Term

ENGL 160: Introduction to Creative Writing - Gregory Blake Smith

ENGL 370: Advanced Fiction Workshop* - Gregory Blake Smith

ENGL 371: Advanced Poetry Workshop* - Gregory Hewett

ENGL 280: Creative Non-Fiction - Dennis Cass

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*To be considered for admittance to Advanced Creative Writing courses students must submit a sample of their work in the genre. English majors who plan to choose the Creative Comps Option must have taken ENGL 370 or ENGL 371 before their senior year.

Instructions for Registering for ENGL 370:
To register for English 370 (Advanced Fiction Workshop), email a short story or other piece of prose fiction as an attachment to Prof. Gregory Smith (gsmith@carleton.edu).  Please do this just before or just after you register. He will e-mail you back as soon as possible to let you know whether you are admitted to the class.  Put your name on the wait-list when you do your on-line registration. If Prof. Smith admits you, bring an add/drop card to the first day of class.

Instructions for Registering for ENGL 371:
To register for English 371 (Advanced Poetry Workshop), email as attachments three of your poems to Prof. Greg Hewett (ghewett@carleton.edu).  Please do this just before or just after you register, and he will e-mail you back as soon as possible to let you know whether you are admitted to the class, or not. Put your name on the wait-list when you do your on-line registration. If Prof. Hewett admits you, bring an add/drop card to the first day of class.