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Creative Writing

Creative writing majors will write and revise many poems, short stories, plays, screenplays or television scripts. We all have stories to tell and unique ways of viewing the world; the Oakland University creative writing program provides you with the opportunity to develop your vision.

By spending time evolving your own poems and stories, you can understand how great literature works from a writer’s point of view. It’s hard to understand how difficult it is to write a great work until you've tried it yourself.

We also believe that in order to be a successful writer, it’s crucial to be steeped in literary history. Our cognate literature courses will ground you in traditions thousands of years old as well as the work being written today.

No matter what you do in life, it will help to be able to communicate clearly and succinctly. A focus on writing will provide you with language and editing skills that are easily transferable to any other profession or area of interest.



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Creative Writing offers major and minors in poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. The coursework is grounded in a combination of workshops and literature courses. The workshops are designed to hone your ability to comment on, learn from, and revise creative work. The literature courses ensure that students are sophisticated readers of texts with a keen awareness of all the various tools authors use to affect readers. Creative writing students will develop many skills that will be useful for the rest of their lives, whether they pursue a career in creative writing or end up in a different field:
  • CREATIVITY: Creative writing majors will write and revise many poems, short stories, plays, screenplays or television scripts. We all have stories to tell and unique ways of viewing the world; the Oakland University creative writing program provides you with the opportunity to develop your vision.
  • CRAFT: Students will receive a grounding in the craft of writing. Strong poetry and prose certainly requires inventiveness, but it also involves disciplined training in language, form and structure.
  • COMMUNICATION: No matter what you do in life, it will help to be able to communicate clearly and succinctly. A focus on writing will provide you with language and editing skills that are easily transferable to any other profession or area of interest.
  • COMMUNITY: The creative writing community tends to be tight-knit. Sharing personal work forges close bonds between people, bonds that can last decades and provide you with lifelong readers for your writing.
  • MENTORSHIP: Creative writing majors receive lots of close interaction with professors. Classes are small and there are many opportunities for one-on-one mentorship.
  • HISTORY: We believe that in order to be a successful writer, it’s crucial to be steeped in literary history. Our cognate literature courses will ground you in traditions thousands of years old as well as the work being written today.
  • LITERARY APPRECIATION: By spending time evolving your own poems and stories, you can understand how great literature works from a writer’s point of view. It’s hard to understand how difficult it is to write a great work until you’ve tried it yourself.


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Internships for credit are available during fall and winter semesters. Students should apply for an internship for any particular semester at least one-to-two months before that semester begins. Students are free to make their own arrangements to intern with an organization or a business not on the 2013-14 Internship PDF list, but they still must fill out the paperwork in the semester before the anticipated internship in order to receive credit. In addition to filling out the forms (which are also available on the door of 542 O'Dowd and in 544 O'Dowd, the English Department main office, as well as PDF files), students must register for the course. Do so by contacting Annie Gilson. Please provide her with an unofficial copy of your transcript pasted into an email, as well as the names of two OU English professors with whom you have studied.

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Annie Gilson 
Creative Writing Director
329 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2262
gilson@oakland.edu
annettegilson.com 


Have a question about the Creative Writing program? Ask Professor Gilson