Creative Writing Major/Minor
If you have the itch to write, why not get college credit for it? Our Creative Writing program offers courses in a variety of genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, play/screenwriting, and poetry. The curriculum includes a study of literature and emphasizes experimentation to help students find and develop their interests, their skills, and ultimately, their own niche.
Our Readers Series brings to campus several successful authors each year for public readings, classroom visits, and workshops. CW students are encouraged to pursue publication of original work both by submitting for print publication and participating in readings—and opportunities abound.
Our literary publication, Zephyrus, is produced by and for WKU students; numerous writing contests (including the English Club’s Goldenrod Poetry Contest and a genre-rotating contest accompanying the annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing) are offered each year; and the campus and larger community offer a variety of venues for readings, from coffeehouse open-mic nights to more formal occasions, like our annual Senior Reading.
The CW major requires either a second major or a minor, and we invite students to use that requirement to their advantage by selecting one which will contribute directly to their aspirations, whether that may be a career plan (since almost every career field has a place for skilled writers) or a discipline which will better equip them for a specific writing pursuit. Naturally, the CW program—like all other English majors—also offers opportunities to study abroad.
Dr. David LeNoir
Professor and Advisor
Office: Cherry Hall 107
Major in English: Creative Writing
The English major (reference # 662) with a creative writing concentration requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.
For students arriving before fall of 2017, please use the English: Creative Writing Advising Worksheet for the OLD major requirements.
For students beginning fall of 2017, please use the English: Creative Writing Advising Worksheet for the NEW major requirements.
View the English: Creative Writing 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in creative writing.
Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!
Check out our Career Opportunities page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!
Minor in Creative Writing
The English minor (reference # 348) in creative writing requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. In consultation with the advisor, creative writing students should consider taking at least one of the electives in contemporary literature.
No more than 6 hours in the English major may apply toward the creative writing minor for a total of at least 54 unduplicated hours between the major and minor.
Please use the Creative Writing Minor Advising Worksheet.
Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.