The creative writing concentration at MSU offers students a program that blends foundational work in literary studies, exploration of creative writing in multiple genres, and a focused capstone experience.  Students graduate with a B.A. in English, but their diplomas note their dedicated commitment to creative writing.  Beginning with the same foundation as other English majors, students also work at the introductory and advanced level in at least two different genres of creative writing.  Many then choose to write a senior thesis in a single genre, creating in the last year of study a collection of poems or stories, a novel, or a finished screenplay; students might also pursue internships in writing and editing.  Our program provides many co-curricular events and opportunities, including a reading series, writing workshops, brown bag lunch conversations with faculty and visiting writers.  The Michigan State University English Department is also home to Red Cedar Review, one of the oldest student-managed literary journals in the United States.

Requirements for Concentration in Creative Writing

  • ENG 223: Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing (3 credits each)
  • ENG 226: Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 227: Introduction to Playwriting (3 credits)
  • ENG 228: Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 229: Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 credits)
  • FLM 334: Introduction to Screenwriting (5 credits)
  • ENG 320D: Methodologies of Literary History: History and Theory of Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENG 200: Creative Writing Community (1 credit)
  • ENG 210: Foundations of Literary Study I (3 credits)
  • ENG 280: Foundations of Literary Study II (3 credits)
  • One course in diversity of literature (3 credits): ENG 350-356, 360, 405, 431A, B, C; 448-450, 460, 466, 482
  • One course in pre-1800 literature (3 credits): ENG 318, 324, 368, 441, 454, 455, 457
  • One course in post-1800 literature (3 credits): ENG 340, 360, 362, 443, 445, 450, 452, 458, 460, 474
  • ENG 423: Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 428: Advanced Fiction Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 429: Advanced Poetry Writing (3 credits)
  • FLM 434: Advanced Screenwriting (3 credits)
  • Typically an additional introductory creative writing workshop or complementary, literature-based or technical writing course (see Academic Programs Catalog for options).
  • ENG 484: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENG 489H: Senior Honors Independent Project (4 credits)
  • ENG 493: English Internship (4 credits)
  • ENG 499: Senior Thesis Research (4 credits)
  • ENG 400 (1 credit) in conjunction with any one 3-credit course from English 423, 428, or 429 may be used to satisfy this requirement