Creative Writing Concentration
The creative writing concentration is an opportunity for students with a demonstrated interest and aptitude for creative writing to develop their skills in fiction, poetry, drama, and/or creative nonfiction in the context of a formalized program.
Curriculum & Courses
Creative writing courses at Haverford are open to all students. Only a handful of English majors per year, however, are accepted into the creative writing concentration. Creative writing concentrators take two courses in creative writing (one of which can count toward the English major) and write a senior thesis composed of an original creative text (usually poetry, fiction or drama) and a rigorous critical introduction.
Creative Writing courses at Haverford are open to all students. Only a handful of English majors per year, however, are accepted into the Creative Writing Concentration.
The Creative Writing Concentration entails:
- two courses in creative writing (only one of which is counted toward the major).
- writing a senior thesis composed of an original creative text (usually poetry, fiction or drama) and a rigorous critical introduction.
Students interested in completing a Creative Writing Concentration apply for acceptance in the spring semester of their junior year by submitting a portfolio of creative work to the department chair in March of their junior year. Each portfolio is read closely by the departmental concentration committee. Admission depends on the number of applicants and the committee’s assessment of whether the work demonstrates a readiness to generate a substantial literary project.
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
Codrington-White hopes to teach in Japan and also write fantasy novels to encourage young Americans to continue reading for pleasure.
Berkel's internship through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship in Dalun, Ghana informed her academic interests and encouraged her to rethink her interests concerning literature.
Rippel hopes to pursue graduate degrees in Public Policy and Law, with an eye toward doing nonprofit work, and community work in communities of color.
Chan works as a mental health therapist in private practice as well as the editor of NW Kids magazine.
Eisenberg is a writer and teacher of writing who is working on a reported memoir and a novel.
The English major works for the Chester Theatre Company and Smith College.
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