The Creative Writing Program offers two formal courses of study for University of Oregon undergraduates:
Minor in Creative Writing
The creative writing minor offers courses in which students study matters of craft by reading and writing creative works, develop critical thinking and interpretive skills, hone their ability to articulate complex ideas with subtlety and clarity, and gain instruction in the mechanics of writing. Students must successfully complete at least six courses, which must be taken for letter grades. Course work required for the minor must be passed with grades of mid-B or better. The minor requires 24 credits of approved course work, as follows:
- Two introductory courses (8 credits) (CRWR 230 and either CRWR 240 or 244)
- Two intermediate courses (8 credits) (chosen from among CRWR 330, 336, 340, 418)
- Two advanced courses (8 credits) (chosen from among CRWR 407, 410, 413, 414, 419, 435, 445)
Of the 24 required credits, a maximum of 8 credits at the 200 or 300 level may be transferred. All courses at the 400 level must be taken in residence at the University of Oregon.
Questions regarding the minor should be addressed to the program director. Students must apply for the minor through the program’s office well in advance of graduation for transcript evaluation. In order be eligible for the minor, students must complete all degree requirements and a major in another academic department.
Undergraduate English majors who want to emphasize creative writing should complete Introduction to Poetry Writing (CRWR 230), Introduction to Fiction Writing (CRWR 240), and Introduction to Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction (CRWR 244). Other students should consult their major advisors about integrating creative writing courses into their programs.
Kidd Tutorial Program
Implemented through the generosity of the Walter P. Kidd family, this yearlong tutorial for juniors and seniors offers the chance to study writing and literary craft using literary models. The program, which requires a three-term commitment from participants, accommodates a highly flexible and individualized study of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction writing. Each group of four to six students studies under the supervision of a graduate teaching fellow and is overseen by the director of the Kidd tutorials. Participants earn 12 credits in CRWR 417, 418, and 419. Information about application procedures is available from the tutorial program director and on the program’s website.