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Concentration in Creative Writing | BA English

There will be information sessions about the portfolio process on Tuesday, September 25th at 1:00 in Ross Blakley Hall 117 and Wednesday, October 3rd at Noon in Ross Blakley Hall 117. 

The Creative Writing Program encourages all interested students, regardless of their field of study, to join our community of writers through beginning workshops in fiction and poetry (ENG 287/ENG 288), diverse special topics courses (ENG 394/ENG 494), and various, exciting writing events held on campus. 

ASU English majors, who have already taken beginning and intermediate workshops, and are committed to continuing their study of Creative Writing, have an opportunity to develop their skills in supportive, highly focused workshops through the Creative Writing Concentration. Please note that acceptance into the Creative Writing Concentration is restricted. Students must submit a portfolio for review and be offered a seat in the advanced workshop. (Please see the "Portfolio Review Guidelines" below.) Instruction in the tradition(s) to which concentration students can aspire and uphold, and from which they may draw inspiration, will be provided by the Creative Writing Program's nationally recognized faculty.

Students pursuing the Creative Writing Concentration must either select as thier major the bachelor's in English with a concentration in creative writing upon being admitted to ASU or, after entering the university, meet with an English advisor to change to this major and concentration.

  • To complete the concentration, English majors who have already declared themselves in the creative writing concentration must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in their major.
  • Concentration students must complete the two advanced courses in their genre (ENG 487 and ENG 498 in poetry, or ENG 488 and ENG 498 in fiction). Note that enrollment into these courses is restricted. Spaces are limited. Students must submit a portfolio and be selected to move forward. (See the "Portfolio Review Guidelines" below.)
  • Transfer students must seek advisement as to whether they will be able to successfully fulfill the creative writing concentration requirements.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Students admitted to begin 400-level coursework through the Fall Portfolio Review will start their coursework in Spring 2019:  English  488 (fiction), in Spring and their capstone course, English 498, in Fall 2019. English 487/488 and 498 may not be taken simultaineously. Students who are interested in pursuing poetry, should plan to submit a portfolio during the Spring Portfolio Review to begin coursework in the the Fall of 2019. 

  • Portfolios are due, Monday, October 29th by 4:00 p.m. in the English Department Main Office in Ross Blakely Hall. Portfolios will not be accepted before Wednesday, October 24th.

Portfolio Review Guidelines Fileportfolio_review_fall_2018.docx

*Please be patient while faculty read portfolios. 

Bachelor of Arts in English with concentration in Creative Writing Checksheet - PDF iconba_english_creative_writing.pdf

To receive further information about the bachelor's in English with a concentration in creative writing, make an appointment to speak with English undergraduate advisor at 480-965-3168.

You may also contact the Creative Writing program Assistant Professor, Jenny Irish (jennifer.irish@asu.edu), RBH 122.