Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Creative Writing
Advanced Undergraduate Creative Writing Courses
Concentration in Creative Writing
Graduate Courses

Introduction to Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program offers eight sections of Introduction to Creative Writing during the fall and spring semesters; two additional courses are offered each semester through Metropolitan College. Two sections of EN 202 are also offered during each summer session. Each section of EN 202 is limited to fifteen students.

Please note that EN 202 does not satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement. EN 202 is not a prerequisite for any of the advanced writing classes, though we do recommend it to students who wish to pursue further creative work in the program.

Because admission to any of the advanced courses is not guaranteed, we recommend that you register for 202 prior to submitting a portfolio for one of the advanced writing classes. As seats in creative writing courses are limited, we recommend that students apply to the advanced courses as often as they wish. You will only increase your chances of being accepted by doing so.


Spring 2016

CAS EN 202 A1 Wednesdays 9 – 12 Karina Van Berkum
CAS EN 202 A2 Wednesdays 9 – 12 Neha Kamdar
CAS EN 202 B1 Tuesdays 12 – 3 Annie Murphy
CAS EN 202 B2 Tuesdays 1 – 4 A.J. Odasso
CAS EN 202 C1 Mondays 1 – 4 Samantha Noble
CAS EN 202 C2 Wednesdays 1 – 4 Michael Aderibigbe
CAS EN 202 D1 Wednesdays 1 – 4 Jacob Strautmann
CAS EN 202 D2 Mondays 1 – 4 Ben Leaman
CAS EN 202 D3
Tuesdays 6 – 9 Livian Yeh
MET EN 202 D1
Thursdays 6 – 9 Katherine Ayars

Advanced Undergraduate Creative Writing Courses

Advanced creative writing courses in either poetry (EN 304) or fiction (EN 305 in the fall, and EN 405 in the spring) are offered each semester. Seats in these courses are usually limited to ten per section, and are offered to students on a selective/competitive basis. Students must submit a sample of their creative work to the course instructor or the Creative Writing administrator before the start of classes.

For the fiction courses, please send one or two short stories, and for the poetry course, please send 5-10 poems; all should go to the administrator at crwr@bu.edu, who will forward your work to the respective instructor. Best of luck!

Spring 2016

CAS EN 304 A1
Writing of Poetry Fridays 1 – 4 Tomas Unger
CAS EN 405 A1
Writing of Fiction Wednesdays 1 – 4 Zoe Balaconis
MET EN 305 C1 Writing of Fiction
Wednesdays 6 – 9 Emma Duffy-Comparone

To apply for an advanced course, please send a writing sample to the Creative Writing Program at crwr@bu.edu, and it will be forwarded to the instructor.


Concentration in Creative Writing

There is presently no major or minor in creative writing at the undergraduate level, however, for students majoring or minoring in English, or pursuing a creative writing concentration in COM, any advanced creative writing course (EN 304, 305, 306, or 405, including MET courses) will count for concentration credit. Within certain limitations, you may take each creative writing course up to two times; please consult your advisors. For course offerings in the English Department, please click here.

Graduate Courses

It is not typical for undergraduates or graduate students enrolled elsewhere in the university to be accepted into one of our graduate workshops. That being said, it does happen in rare instances, provided that space is available. For students looking to be granted admission to any of the graduate workshops, the procedure is essentially the same as it is for the advanced undergraduate courses. We do ask, however, that you submit your work at least several weeks prior to the start of the semester to allow the professor extra time to consider it.

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