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Creative Writing Concentration

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The English department offers a Creative Writing Concentration that allows you to intensify and focus your English major by taking a series of practice-based writing courses along with literature courses. These small, intensive, processed-based workshops are taught by published authors and offered in three genres—poetry, fiction and non-fiction—at three levels. As a Concentrator, you will also attend monthly social gatherings to read new work and share news about literary activity on campus.

Graduates of the program have gone on not only to publish their own creative work, but also to find careers in publishing, journalism, teaching, communications, and many other fields that require excellent writing skills. Past students have been admitted to graduate programs in creative writing at, among other places, Washington U. in St. Louis; Bowling Green, NYU; Columbia, Eastern Washington State; U. of Iowa; U. of Indiana; Sarah Lawrence, U. of Wyoming; U. of Florida; U. of Texas, Austin; U. of Pittsburgh; Hunter U.; and U. Mass. Amherst.

  • A Creative Writing Concentrator undertakes a 36-credit English major instead of the usual 30 credits.
  • At least nine of these credits must be writing workshops in any genre, selected with the help of your Concentration advisor.

If your are an English major who has received a grade of A- or better in one of the department's creative writing workshops, you may declare the Creative Writing Concentration up through the end of drop/add week of first semester of junior year. The period for declaring the Concentration each semester runs through the end of drop/add week. Eligible English majors wishing to declare should see Treseanne Ainsworth in Stokes S493.

Boston College Student Literary Publications

Boston College National Literary Publications

Writers’ Resources

The submission deadline for these prizes is 4:00 p.m. on March 31.
Please direct questions to Elizabeth Graver.