Department of English

English Creative Writing Program

Mission Statement

The academic mission of the SUU English Department’s program in creative writing is to develop skills in critical and creative thinking and in written and oral communication. The department pursues these objectives through courses focusing on craft, process, and the major traditions within fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Instructors engage students with a variety of writing experiences: classes, workshops, conferences, readings, internships, and collaborations with other arts and disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the graduation requirements for the BA degree in English: Creative Writing will be able to

  • identify, describe, and compare the literary features of a variety of genres across different historical periods and cultures;
  • write in a variety of genres, showing a critical awareness of tradition, aesthetics, prosody, and narrative techniques;
  • revise to strengthen ideas, form, voice, and language;
  • edit and proofread documents for grammar, syntax, common usage, and punctuation;
  • use technology to produce, collaborate, edit, and distribute writing to a variety of audiences;
  • produce focused, concrete, and constructive critiques of their own efforts and those of their colleagues;
  • produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio project; and
  • create cover letters, queries, synopses, and other appropriate materials for professional submission of their creative work to agents, editors, and literary journals.