Enroll in courses through our enrollment page. PWR 1 is a prerequisite for all creative writing courses, with the exception of English 9CE: Creative Expression in Writing and English 9CT: Special Topics in Creative Expression.  Learn how to enroll by clicking the link to the ‘Enrollment’ page in the sidebar.

English major with a Creative Writing emphasis

Visit the English department website for information about the major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis.

The Minor

  • The creative writing minor is a six-course minor (28-30 units)
  • Students must select either the prose or poetry track.
  • To declare a creative writing minor, visit the Student page on Axess.
  • To expedite your declaration, make sure to list all 6 courses you plan to take for your minor.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Courses taken abroad or at other institutions may not be counted towards the minor.
Prose Track Poetry Track
Suggested Order:

  1. English 90 (Fiction Writing) or 91 (Creative Nonfiction)
  2. English 146 (Development of the Short Story) Note: Not offered in 2017-18, see link to approved substitutes below 
  3. One English course in pre-1800 English literature 
  4. English 190 (Intermediate Fiction Writing), 191 (Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing)
  5. English 92 (Reading and Writing Poetry)
  6. Another English 190, 191, or 290 (Advanced Fiction), or 198L (Levinthal Tutorial)
Suggested Order:

  1. English 92 (Reading and Writing Poetry)
  2. English 160 (Poetry and Poetics)
  3. One English course in pre-1800 English literature
  4. English 192 (Intermediate Poetry Writing)
  5. English 90 (Fiction Writing) or English 91 (Creative Nonfiction)
  6. Another English 192, or 292 (Advanced Poetry) or 198L (Levinthal Tutorial)

Note: Any 190X course (190F, 190G, etc.), 191X course (191T, etc.), or 192X course (192V, etc.) counts toward the 190, 191, or 192 requirement.  English 94 Writing Across Genres may be used as a substitute for a pre-1800 course.


NEW : The Creative Writing Program is pleased to offer a third track for the minor in Creative Writing. The Fiction Into Film Track is composed of six courses designed to explore the intersection of literary and screenwriting forms.

Fiction Into Film Track
Suggested Order:

  1. English 90 (Beginning Fiction Writing)
  2. English 146 (Development of the Short Story)
  3. English 190F (Fiction Into Film)
  4. One English course in pre-1800 literature
  5. English 92 (Reading and Writing Poetry) 
  6. English 190T (Script Writing Intensive) -198F (Hoffs-Roach Tutorial)
  • English 190F (Fiction Into Film) is an intermediate-level course and requires English 90 as a prerequisite.
  • English 198F (Hoffs-Roach Tutorial) is a small workshop course in which students work closely with faculty to write a full-length screenplay .

View Course Descriptions HERE

View This Year’s Special Topics HERE

View a list of courses that fulfill the pre-1800 literature requirement HERE

View a list of approved 2017-2018 course substitutes for English 146 Development of the Short Story HERE

See the full list of creative writing courses on the English website.

View the Request for Course Equivalence Form HERE

View the English 198: Individual Work Form HERE


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, drop by our advising hours, or visit us in our office: Building 460 (Margaret Jacks Hall, in the front wing of the quad), Room 223.