Creative Writing

Find your voice as a writer by mastering creative writing techniques for different genres and learning the professional skills you'll need to succeed in the literary world. You can study creative writing on its own or pair your craft with other fields of study.

In programs with creative writing, you can:

  • Analyze writing as a craft and develop your voice as a writer
  • Explore different writing styles and traditions
  • Conduct in-depth, project-based research
  • Learn to create content that resonates with your audience

Writers at Evergreen don't have to focus on a single genre. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, or a combination of styles, expert faculty can show you how to take an idea and turn it into a finished piece. With an emphasis on literary theory and history alongside practical lessons in the craft, your creative writing education will be a well-rounded experience.

Capstone opportunities and independent learning contracts with faculty in this field are perfect for creating a manuscript or building a professional writing portfolio.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Blakeslee, Steve English, writing, literature
Coffey, Kristin creative writing, historical fiction, ethnic american literature
Featherly, Lynarra creative writing, philosophy, critical theory
Hardy, Tara
Hendricks, Steven book arts, literature, creative writing
Lee, Albert
Mellis, Miranda fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary literature
Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
Steinhoff, Eirik English
Wolach, David creative writing, poetics, aesthetics, media/performing arts
Yannone, Sandra writing theory and practice, poetry, women's/LGBT studies

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Ampersand: Hybridity in Visual and Narrative Art
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Birds, Patterns, and Poetry
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Creative Writing: "Savage Conversations"
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 14
Deep in Thought: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Experiments in Text
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Reading and Writing for Your Life
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Short-Form Nonfiction: In Search of Democracy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Student-Originated Studies Poetics: Word and Image
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16