Undergraduate Creative Writing

Within the English major, you can identify Creative Writing as a concentration, helping you to structure your college experience, define your professional goals, and focus on your writing skills. The Department of English offers a variety of internships, events, and other professional development that engage you with careers in writing, editing, author representation, journalism, arts management, public relations, archives, digital research, social networks, grant-writing, and many other communication/research/publishing-based opportunities.

The Creative Writing Program is for any student interested in...

  • reading literature from around the world
  • developing editorial skills
  • discussing creativity, craft, and the particulars of genre and form
  • examining the ethical/theoretical functions of literature in culture
  • gaining greater expertise writing poetry and prose
  • learning more about the business of publishing creative work

Courses and workshops

In creative writing workshops …

  • you read the work of your peers and the work of the world’s most influential and inspiring authors
  • you consider the impact and power of your stories on the world around you
  • you study with critically acclaimed poets, novelists, and essayists
  • you develop professional skills and personal connections

Creative Writing at UNL invites you to consider areas of specialization within the Department of English's programs (Literary and Culture Studies; Composition and Rhetoric; Film Studies; Place Studies) and/or areas of study within the Institute of Ethnic Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Digital Humanities, the 19th Century Studies Program, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Our faculty not only write and publish creative work, but have also done scholarship/research in a number of areas: African poetics, disabilities studies, LGBTQ studies, film, music, digital humanities, Modernism, 18th-century British literature, and Latina/o and Latin American studies, among others.

Opportunities for Creative Writing Students