The Creative Writing program at Roger Williams University leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. By dedicating your collegiate study to creative writing, you commit to becoming a writer, and at RWU you can expect to be treated as a serious writer. As such, you will engage in the formal and rigorous study of craft through reading, revising and developing the methodical and critical skills that assist in improving your own creative work as well as the work of others. If you apply yourself to the study of writing in your time at RWU, you can expect to establish solid foundations for the essential practices common to all writers and artists.
Each year, the creative writing program brings to campus such writers as Rick Moody, Kim Addonizio, Marjorie Agosin, Steve Almond, Ann Waldman, Tom Chandler, Stuart Dischell, Mark Halliday, Stewart O’Nan, Dan Chaon, Tobias Wolff, Jennifer Haigh and C.D. Wright who speak on literature and writing and read from their works.
Creative Writing students produce Mount Hope, the national art and literary magazine featuring work by Steve Almond, Ann Hood, Stuart Dischell, Cecilia Woloch and RWU students.
Incoming freshmen are accepted to the creative writing program on the basis of a portfolio, containing both creative and analytical writing, submitted as part of the application process. Matriculating students may enter the creative writing program by earning a grade of B- or higher in CW 210 and CW 220, on the basis of a portfolio, or by recommendation of one or more full-time creative writing faculty members.
Description of the undergraduate student learning outcomes (clear statement of expected learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge, skills, competencies)
The required Foundation Courses include ENG 100 Introduction to Literature, CW 210 Form in Poetry, CW 220 Narrative in Writing the Short Story, and four courses from the English major. After completing this group of courses, Creative Writing majors should be able to:
Advanced Bridge Courses
The required Advanced Bridge Courses include CW 350 Writers Reading Poetry Seminar, CW 360 Writers Reading Fiction Seminar, CW 440 Writing Contemporary Poetry, and CW 450 The Use of Style in Writing Fiction. After completing this group of courses, Creative Writing majors should be able to:
Advanced Breadth Course
Creative Writing majors complete two of the following Advance Breath Courses: CW 310 Creative Nonfiction, CW 330 Literary Publishing, CW 340 Introduction to Playwriting, CW 430 Special Topics in Creative Writing. After completing this group of courses, Creative Writing majors should be able to:
Breadth Courses in the Fine Arts
To satisfy this requirement, Creative Writing majors must complete one from a list of courses in Dance, Music, the Visual Arts, Graphic Design, or Theatre. After completing this course, Creative Writing majors should be able to:
To satisfy the thesis requirement, Creative Writing majors complete CW 480 Creative Writing Senior Seminar I and CW 481 Seminar II—Thesis. After completing these two courses, Creative Writing majors should be able to: