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.

  • Concentration

    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.

    Admission to the Concentration:

    • 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 Director of Creative Writing 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.

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