Students in the Writing major have the opportunity to design their program of study according to their areas of interest.
The Creative Writing emphasis is designed for students who wish to devote a considerable portion of their work in English to the writing of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction (or a combination). Opportunities also exist in playwriting and hypertext. Students may fulfill this emphasis by taking additional writing courses from the writing core, ideally at the upper level. Students are encouraged to consider “reading” courses in various genres, writers, and/or periods to develop a sense of the history and conventions of their craft.
The Non-Fiction Writing & Editing emphasis is designed for students who want to write non-fiction books and articles or who may be interested in careers in editing and publishing. Students may choose from several courses that provide instruction and guided practice in diverse types of non-fiction prose, including business and administrative writing, travel writing, autobiography, and various forms of essays. Students will have the opportunity to take an introductory course in related genres of writing, including fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as courses from outside English, such as ethnography, rhetoric, news writing, magazine writing, advertising, editing, and web publishing.
Creative non-fiction includes a variety of forms that tend to blur the lines between “fact” and “fiction”—creative biography, literary journalism, imaginative history, and so on. Students can take a range of courses—short fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, essay writing, magazine writing – to explore the possibilities of creative non-fiction.
NOTE: Any student who was enrolled at Drake prior to Fall 2013 may choose to major under the old curriculum. Such students should consult with their adviser about the program requirements.