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Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program at Montclair State University

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Got a poem in you?
A short story? A memoir?

Montclair State’s creative writing program offers courses in fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and memoir. Bring out the best in your writing!

Courses of Study

New! Now you can major in English with a creative writing concentration. Take any four creative writing workshops and have them count toward your degree in English. Try fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, and more! Screenwriting and playwriting workshops are cross­‑listed through the School of the Arts.


The English department also offers a creative writing minor open to all undergraduates: six courses for a total of eighteen semester hours. Students choose one of two main genres of focus, either fiction or poetry, and go up the levels of beginning, intermediate, and advanced workshops in that field, ending with a capstone project. In addition, students take two workshops in other genres, as well as a literature course in their chosen genre.

Please note that the Creative Writing concentration cannot be combined with dual degree programs or with other concentrations in English, but the Creative Writing minor can be combined with those programs.

View Catalog FAQs

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Students may take an individual workshop, starting at the beginning 200-level. To add the minor, students must fill out a change of major/minor form, obtainable on the Registrar’s site, and bring the signed form to the English department office at 468 Dickson Hall. To add the concentration, students must complete a concentration form available from the English department office, 468 Dickson Hall. For further information, please contact:


David Galef
Creative Writing Program Director