Distinguished as one of the few interdisciplinary creative writing programs in the country, Creative Writing at EMU provides a rich space for exploring aesthetic risk and social application. The program emphasizes state of the art contemporary writing practices through a creative, critical, practical, and research-based curriculum, preparing writers to participate in contemporary literary culture and for a range of language and media-centered careers.
The Creative Writing Minor (24 hours) emphasizes interdisciplinarity and experimentation through the exploration of poetry, fiction, hybrid genres, and multimedia literature.
The Creative Writing Program promotes community engagement while guiding students’ exploration of the personal and social roles of language and literature. By reading and critiquing their peers’ works, students engage in a culture of collaboration and review. In addition, through classroom visits, specialized workshops, and our BathHouse Events series, students enter into dialogue with authors, publishers, translators, editors, performers, and new media artists.
In foregrounding intermedia and interdisciplinary approaches to creative writing as well as traditional genres, the program prepares undergraduate students for a variety of careers in writing. Authorship, education, nonprofit arts, editorial and publishing work, marketing, advertising, freelance writing, writing for digital media and interdisciplinary fields are among the career opportunities open to people with creative writing degrees. Many students in our program have also found a degree in creative writing to be excellent preparation for advanced studies in creative writing, literature, library science, and other fields in the arts and humanities.