English majors, primary or secondary, can declare a Concentration in Creative Writing. (Non-majors may pursue the Letter of Specialization in Creative Writing.)
The Concentration in Creative Writing leads students through a sequence of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses. All creative writing courses invite students to work in various forms, styles, and modes, and they provide training in the elements of prosody and the craft of storytelling. Working with the UMass English Department’s esteemed creative writing faculty, students:

  • Workshop their original stories, novel chapters, poems, and essays
  • Study deeply the craft of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with a focus in one genre
  • Learn to read like writers

This concentration prepares students for successful careers as writers and equips them with important skills. Across fields and professions, few qualities are as prized among employers today as creativity and facility with expressive written communication.