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CREATIVE WRITING
James May, Director/Lecturer of Integrative Studies and Writer-in-Residence
Jonathan C. Glance, Chair/Professor of English
Gordon R. Johnston, Professor of English
Chelsea Rathburn, Assistant Professor of English
 
The majors and minor in Creative Writing are offered by the Department of English. All creative writing students will successfully complete a program devoted to literary history. The Ferrol A. Sams, Jr., Distinguished Chair of English, established in 1994, brings a respected fiction writer, poet, or playwright to Mercer during spring semester. The distinguished writer-in-residence conducts one seminar (ENG 485) and offers readings and lectures during his/her appointment.
 
Major in Creative Writing
27-30 semester credit hours minimum
Gateway to Creative Writing:
ENG 222. Introduction to Creative Writing
Language Requirements:
ENG 323. History of the English Language
ENG 390. Public Writing
Experiential Requirement—one course (0-3 hours) from:
WRT 490. Writing Preceptorship (fulfills EXP 408)
ENG 498. Internship in Editing, Writing, or Research (fulfills EXP 407)
ENG 488. Independent Study for Honors in English (fulfills EXP 401)
EXP 402. Creative Activity in the Arts (with departmental approval)
EXP 403. Service-Learning (with departmental approval)
EXP 404. Study Away Activity (with departmental approval)
EXP 490. Special Project (Dulcimer leadership position)
Choose one writing genre (6 courses):
Poetry Writing
Genre Literacy—one course from:
ENG 362. Modern Poetry
ENG 368. Contemporary Poetry
Historical/Cultural Depth—one course from:
ENG 347. Poetry and Prose of the Romantic Movement
ENG 348. Victorian Poetry and Prose
ENG 352. Romanticism in American Literature
ENG 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
Proficiency:
ENG 308. Writing Narrative Poetry
ENG 311. Writing Lyric Poetry
ENG 485. Ferrol Sams, Jr., Distinguished Chair of English Seminar in Fiction, Poetry, or Drama
Depth in Field—one course from:
ENG 309. Writing Short Fiction
ENG 307. Creative Approaches to Nonfiction
ENG 371. Beginning Playwriting
Fiction Writing
Genre Literacy—one course from:
ENG 349. The English Novel
ENG 354. The American Novel
ENG 366. Modern Fiction
ENG 369. Contemporary Fiction
Historical/Cultural Depth—one course from:
ENG 353. Realism in American Literature
ENG 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
ENG 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
Proficiency:
ENG 309. Writing Short Fiction
ENG 312. Writing the Long Story
ENG 485. Ferrol Sams, Jr., Distinguished Chair of English Seminar in Fiction, Poetry, or Drama
Depth in Field—one course from:
ENG 308. Writing Narrative Poetry
ENG 307. Creative Approaches to Nonfiction
ENG 371. Beginning Playwriting
Drama Writing
Genre Literacy—one course from:
ENG 320. Shakespeare I: Early Plays
ENG 321. Shakespeare II: Later Plays
ENG 364. Modern Drama
ENG 367. Contemporary Drama
THR 327. A Survey of Theatre History II
Historical/Cultural Depth—one course from:
ENG 353. Realism in American Literature
ENG 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
ENG 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
JMS 305. The Visual Story
Proficiency:
ENG 371. Beginning Playwriting
ENG 382. Special Topics in Literature and Film
ENG 485. The Ferrol Sams, Jr., Distinguished Chair of English Seminar in Fiction, Poetry, or Drama
Depth in Field—one course from:
ENG 307. Creative Approaches to Nonfiction
ENG 308. Writing Narrative Poetry
ENG 309. Writing Short Fiction
 
Majors in Creative Writing may attain Departmental Honors by (1) successfully completing the above requirements; (2) submitting a portfolio by March 15 of the senior year; and (3) achieving a grade point average of 3.50 in upper-division English classes.
 
Minor in Creative Writing
15 semester credit hours minimum
ENG 307. Creative Approaches to Nonfiction
ENG 308. Writing Narrative Poetry
ENG 309. Writing Short Fiction
Two courses chosen from the following:
ENG 311. Writing Lyric Poetry
ENG 312. Writing the Long Story
ENG 371. Beginning Playwriting
ENG 372. Screenwriting
ENG 485. Ferrol Sams, Jr., Distinguished Chair of English Seminar in Fiction, Poetry, or Drama
ENG 487. Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
ENG 498. Internship in Editing, Writing, or Research