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Creative Writing

Support your visual storytelling with the written word

Are you an artist or a designer who likes to write stories, poems, graphic novels, screenplays, or other forms of creative writing?

Are you planning for a career in Illustration, Fine Art, Animation, Design, or Game Design?

CIA offers a concentration in Creative Writing to help you grow as a writer while you become a stronger visual communicator and storyteller!

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Who can join the concentration? The concentration is open to students from all majors. You can join during your sophomore year after meeting with your advisor.

What will I write? You decide! The creative writing classes you take will help you explore many forms. Expect to try new styles and to develop narrative skills and confidence in your voice!

Will it fit my schedule? It's designed to work with other requirements and let you explore your interests. It requires three classes in writing as well as the Creative Writing Senior Seminar.

Select three courses (nine credits) from the following:

  • LLC 206WX Hybrid Writing 
  • LLC 210W Science Fiction + Fantasy
  • LLC 211W Poetry Writing Workshop
  • LLC 214W Interactive Fiction
  • LLC 215W Topics in Creative Writing (subtopics change each semester: “Text as Object,” “Fiction and Desire,” “Hybrids + Mutants,” and many more)
  • LLC 301X Ecopoetry
  • LLC (TBA) Graphic Medicine
  • LLC 318 Screenwriting 
  • LLC 330X Story Hour: Editing & Publishing a Literary Magazine (EP)
  • LLC 351 Multimodal Composition: Text and Image
  • LLC 373W Art of the Personal Essay
  • LLC 392 Fiction Writing
  • LLC 393 Creative Writing
  • LLC 419 Graphic Narratives
  • LLC 424 Writing Across Gender

Your final course will be the LLC 490 Creative Writing Senior Seminar, in which you'll complete significant original work. The Creative Writing Senior Seminar and all other Creative Writing courses can also be taken as electives. Total concentration credits: 12 (four classes). We recommend meeting with your advisor to decide what option is best for you!

Contact Zach Savich with any questions.

For more information:

Zachary Savich
Associate Professor | Interim Chair of Liberal Arts
216.421.7000 | Contact