Creative Writing

The English-Creative Writing track at Auburn is an intensive, multi-genre learning experience.  Students study poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, reading classic and contemporary work as models.  Courses focus on the “architecture” of stories, poems and essays, learning how each piece works and applying those lessons to the creation of original student work.  Writing workshops, one-on-one conferences, and discussions of craft make up the bulk of class time.

Students develop a portfolio of creative work in their Special Project course, a capstone experience for the program. 

Additionally, students are invited to participate in the Auburn Writers Conference, which draws best-selling authors and publishing professionals to the region each October.  

Last Updated: September 18, 2014

English-Creative Writing Track (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 hours must be completed at Auburn.
  • At least 18 hours must be at the 4000-level or above.
  • No more than 6 hours may be at the 2000 level.
  • Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a ‘C’ or better in any course counted toward the English major.


Gateway Course: 2000 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 hours)

Major Core (9 hours)

  • Group I: Globalism, Sustainability and Diversity Course (3)
    • 3710 Survey of African American Literature
    • 3850 Study in London
    • 3870 World English Literature
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4450 African‐American Literature
    • 4710 Topics in Gender and Literature
    • 4720 Topics in Minority Voices and Literature
    • 4740 Environment, Literature and Culture
  • Group II: Linguistics or Rhetoric Course (3)
    • 3110 Survey of Linguistics
    • 3120 Survey of Rhetoric
    • 4140 Language Variation
    • 4150 Topics in Language Study
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
    • 5410 History of the English Language
  • 4000‐level Literature Course (3)

Major Track (15 hours)

  • 4200 Fiction Writing I (3)
  • 4210 Fiction Writing II (3)
  • 4220 Poetry Writing I (3)
  • 4230 Poetry Writing II (3)
  • Capstone Course: 4240 Special Projects in Creative Writing (3)

Major Electives (9 hours)

     Three additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 3000-level or above


Professorial Faculty

Other Faculty

For more information

Betsy Panhorst
Academic Advisor
9030 Haley Center

Robin Sabino
Director of Undergraduate Studies
8064 Haley Center


Last Updated: September 18, 2014