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English and Creative Writing

Creative writing students work in a variety of genres: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. They participate in workshops that emphasize specificity, precision, and heightened editing skills, with publication as a desirable outcome. Nonfiction students write in several forms: the personal essay, memoir, and journalism.

Creative Writing Major
Creative Writing Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The English and Creative Writing Major
(39 semester hours)

Required:

Senior Exercise:
ENGL 453    (3)    Senior Portfolio Seminar

Choose 6 three-credit creative writing workshops, including ENGL 106 and at least one course in two of the following genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction.

Note: As a general rule, students should begin their work in creative writing by enrolling in ENGL 106. Students may request permission to substitute another writing workshop for ENGL 106 by submitting to the program director prior to enrolling in one of the other creative writing workshops a portfolio of work that demonstrates significant creative writing experience and accomplishment.

Choose 2 three-credit courses in literature in the English department at the 200- or 300-level.

Choose 4 three-credit courses in literature in the English department at the 300-level.

Notes:
A student may substitute the senior exercise requirements for the English major for one of her required literature courses. A student who selects this option must complete both ENGL 451 and ENGL 452.

Working closely with her advisor, a student may choose courses for her major that allow her to study an area of interest in depth; this may be particularly helpful as students prepare for the senior portfolio seminar. (For example, the student may focus on the particular literary genre that has been the primary focus of her creative work.) Or a student may instead choose to craft a major that offers breadth, pursuing courses in a wider range of topics. Students are encouraged to take course in other departments that complement their course of study and areas of interest in English and creative writing.

Three elective literature courses (9 semester hours) in the English department and two workshops (6 semester hours) must be taken at Sweet Briar College. In addition, the Senior Portfolio Seminar must be completed at Sweet Briar, for a total of 18 semester hours.

No course used to fulfill major requirements may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

 

The English and Creative Writing Minor
(21 semester hours)

Required:

Choose 4 three-credit creative writing workshops, including ENGL 106 and at least one course in two of the following genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction.

Note: As a general rule, students should begin their work in creative writing by enrolling in ENGL 106. Students may request permission to substitute another writing workshop for ENGL 106 by submitting to the program director prior to enrolling in one of the other creative writing workshops a portfolio of work that demonstrates significant creative writing experience and accomplishment.

Choose 1 three-credit course in literature in the English department at the 200- or 300-level.

Choose 2 three-credit courses in literature in the English department at the 300-level.

Notes:
Two literature courses (6 semester hours) in the English department and two creative writing workshops (6 semester hours) must be taken at Sweet Briar College.

No course used to fulfill minor requirements may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

 


Course Descriptions

ENGL 100

| Composition

ENGL 104

| Thought and Expression

ENGL 106

| Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 108

| Women and Literature

ENGL 109

| The Origins of Fairy Tales

ENGL 110

| Writing Across Worlds

ENGL 116

| American Fiction

ENGL 124

| Myth, Legend, and their Retelling

ENGL 126

| Forbidden Love

ENGL 132

| What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Romantic Comedy through the Ages

ENGL 136

| Something Wicked: Monsters and Monstrosity, Medieval to Modern

ENGL 138

| The Art of Poetry

ENGL 140

| Passion and Romance: Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters

ENGL 142

| Mystics and Visionaries

ENGL 149

| Introduction to Film Studies

ENGL 150

| Introduction to Film History

ENGL 205

| Business Writing

ENGL 209

| Poetry Workshop: Poetry and Environment

ENGL 211

| News Writing and Investigative Reporting

ENGL 216

| Poetry Workshop: Form, Function, and Meaning

ENGL 217

| Special Topics in Literature I

ENGL 218

| Special Topics in Literature II

ENGL 226

| Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice

ENGL 235

| Shakespeare

ENGL 236

| The English Sonnet

ENGL 239

| Old English Language and Literature

ENGL 243

| Star Struck: Stardom and Hollywood Cinema

ENGL 253

| Banned Books

ENGL 254

| Fiction Workshop: First- Person Narrative

ENGL 256

| New Writing from Ireland and Scotland

ENGL 258

| Native American Literature

ENGL 261

| Directed Study

ENGL 263

| Fiction Workshop: The Love Story

ENGL 266

| Fiction Workshop: A Sense of Place

ENGL 271

| Nonfiction Workshop: The Art of the Personal Essay

ENGL 275

| Nonfiction Workshop: Memoir Writing

ENGL 282

| Modern American Authors

ENGL 302

| Special Topic

ENGL 306

| The Arthurian Tradition

ENGL 309

| Poetry Workshop: Art, the Poem, and Collaboration

ENGL 311

| Feature Writing: Profiles, Columns, and Op-eds

ENGL 315

| Swords and Shieldmaidens: Gender Politics in Medieval Heroic Epic

ENGL 317

| History of the English Language

ENGL 318

| Poetry Workshop: Poetry of Transgression - Envy, Ecstasy, Gluttony, Lust

ENGL 319

| Chaucer

ENGL 322

| Romance and Renewal: Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama

ENGL 324

| Revenge and Ravishment: Shakespeare and Jacobean Drama

ENGL 329

| American Romanticism

ENGL 330

| African-American Literature

ENGL 331

| The 19th-Century American Novel

ENGL 332

| Modern and Contemporary Women Writers

ENGL 334

| Fiction Workshop: Research and the Fiction Writer

ENGL 340

| The Sacred and the Profane in the English Renaissance

ENGL 343

| Gothic Worlds

ENGL 344

| Women in the Rensaissance

ENGL 348

| Fiction Workshop: The Long Story

ENGL 361

| Special Study

ENGL 365

| Fiction Workshop: Linked Narratives

ENGL 367

| Visionary Rebels: Romantic Artists

ENGL 371

| Nonfiction Workshop: Writing about Film and Music

ENGL 377

| Internship

ENGL 383

| Fiction Workshop: The Fantastic in Fiction

ENGL 386

| Fatal Attractions: Death and Sex in the 19th-Century Novel

ENGL 389

| Nonfiction Workshop: Bearing Witness - Writing about Human Rights and Social Justice Issues

ENGL 393

| Modern Poetry

ENGL 394

| Contemporary Poetry

ENGL 397

| Becoming Modern

ENGL 451

| Senior Exercise Preparation

ENGL 452

| Senior Seminar

ENGL 453

| Senior Portfolio Seminar

ENGL 461

| Independent Study