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Creative Writing Concentration Requirements

English majors who concentrate in creative writing study the craft of writing under the mentorship of faculty who are accomplished authors. Workshops focus on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and the course sequence culminates in a capstone that allows students to produce an extended body of original work. The Creative Writing Program also hosts an active reading series and oversees the publication of Calliope, a literary journal edited and designed entirely by WVU undergraduates.

For more information, see the English department course catalog.

To register for the Creative Writing Concentration or Minor:

  • If you are an English major, see an English advisor in 102 Colson Hall.
  • If you are a major in another department or school, see your major advisor and fill out a Declaration of Minor Field form.

Please direct questions about this concentration/minor to Mary Ann Samyn, Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.

PWE Concentration Requirements

Professional writers work in a variety of corporate and educational settings, including scientific and engineering firms, nonprofit and government organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals and clinical environments, as well as law firms. They do more, though, than simply translate complex, technical information into easy-to-read prose. Professional writers bring a variety of skills to workplace settings, from designing print and digital documents and managing large-scale writing projects to collaborating with co-workers in other professions on grants or proposals. Professional writers can assess the information needs of audiences from different languages and cultural backgrounds, and analyze how written texts circulate through the organizations in which they work. In short, professional writers possess the critical, rhetorical, and technical knowledge necessary to produce successful and effective communications.

For more information, see the English department course catalog.

  • Students must earn a GPA of at least 3.0 across all PWE courses
writing center tutorials
civic engagement
writing contests
Extended Learning
Summer Classes

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair