Department of English
Voted 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 Department of the Year by Student Government!
An intimate program with enthusiastic faculty, we give undergraduate students opportunities to get publishing experience before graduation. Unlike larger programs where your work may be lost in large workshop classes, our faculty are excited to work one-on-one with undergraduate students. To encourage innovation and experimentation as students develop their voices, all majors complete coursework in prose, poetry, and performance writing. A junior course lets students refine their voices and practice their craft in their preferred genre in a class where they will get feedback from students of multiple genres. Seniors take the Creative Writing Portfolio course, a capstone class in which students write a unified collection of publication-ready work in their preferred genre, working with the instructor of their choice on an independent study basis.
Student publication is encouraged in Snowdrifts, an annual publication of the English Club. You can also get involved in publication production through our internships with Border Crossing, LSSU's teaching journal, which may publish the very best student work alongside that of emerging and established writers. Annual Creative Writing Contests encourage students to write the best fiction and poetry they can. We host a Visiting Writers Series for which nationally recognized, award-winning writers and poets are invited to campus to give readings and master classes (pictured right are National Book Award Winners Jaimy Gordon, top, and Nikky Finney, bottom, who visited in 2012). We also organize trips to other literary events, and collaborate with LSSU’s fabulous theater program in providing students with opportunities for public readings and performances. Our creative writing courses were recently featured in the Soo Evening News!
In addition to our creative writing major, we also offer a creative writing minor. Detailed descriptions of creative writing courses and their prerequisites are listed in the LSSU course catalog. Below is a list of the courses and semesters offered:
- ENGL 221 Introduction to Creative Writing (3, FALL and SPRING)
- ENGL 223 Creative Writing II (3, SPRING)
- ENGL 301 Creative Prose Writing (3, EVERY THIRD SEMESTER)
- ENGL 302 Poetry Writing (3, EVERY THIRD SEMESTER)
- ENGL 303 Performance Writing (3, EVERY THIRD SEMESTER)
- ENGL 409 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (3, AS NEEDED)
- ENGL 480 Creative Writing Portfolio (3, AS NEEDED)
Once you've earned credit in ENGL 223, you can apply for a publishing internship in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry at Snowdrifts or Border Crossing by permission of the instructor. Please note that you must perform satisfactorily during the fall internship in a genre in order to progress to the internship in that genre for the spring, and the internship series must be taken in sequence:
- ENGL 399 Internship in Fiction Journals (1, FALL)
- ENGL 399 Internship in Fiction Editing (2, SPRING)
- ENGL 399 Internship in Poetry Journals (1, FALL)
- ENGL 399 Internship in Poetry Editing (2, SPRING)
Creative Writing Faculty in prose and poetry have compiled recommended reading lists for creative writing students. How many have you read?