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B.A. in English - Creative Writing

In the Creative Writing concentration, you will practice writing in various literary genres, learn traditional forms of expression as well as experimental approaches and develop your own style. In a supportive workshop environment, students respond to each other’s work and develop comprehensive individual portfolios of writing by the end of each semester. You can select workshops from the following genres: poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, memoir and the personal essay. Creative writers from any of the concentrations have the opportunity to submit their work to the English Department’s literary magazine, Downtown Brooklyn.

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About the Field

The B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing prepares students to publish their work in all media: books, magazines and literary journals. Because the Brooklyn Campus is so close to many venues for performance and literary events, students are encouraged to experience the world of imaginative writing at first hand.

This degree prepares students for graduate work at the Master of Fine Arts level, as well as for programs in law, journalism and education. In addition, creative writing students are well prepared for a wide range of careers such as: acting broadcasting, communications, marketing, proofreading, public relations, publishing, screenwriting, teaching, Web design and writing.

Submitting an Application

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or Apply Now. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website or call 718-488-1011.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall grade-point average of 2.0 and a grade-point average of 2.0 in the concentration.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s undergraduate advisor, Wayne Berninger.

Course of Study


  • English 164 Explorations in Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • English 191 Senior Thesis in Creative Writing (3 credits)


  • English 104 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • English 165 Poetry Workshop (3 credits / CW may take twice)
  • English 166 Fiction Workshop (3 credits / CW may take twice)
  • English 167 Playwriting Workshop (3 credits / CW may take twice)
  • English 168 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop (3 credits / CW may take twice)


  • One must be in Writing & Rhetoric. Choose from 126, 163, 168, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175.
  • The other three must be in Literature. One of those three must be from 129, 159.
  • The only way English 168 can satisfy two different requirements is if you take it TWICE.
  • Honors students may be able to count Honors electives (if taught by English professors).