Creative Writing at UVM

The English department is proud to offer several opportunities for students to pursue writing. Each semester we offer courses and seminars in creative writing which focus on techniques of writing poetry, short prose fiction, and creative nonfiction. Classes are organzied around the discussion and improvement of student work. Students pursue projects of their own design in small seminar workshops and explore a variety of creative nonfiction sub-genres such as the personal essay, literary memoir, literary journalism, and autobiography.

Students who pursue a degree in writing are equipped with marketable skills in creativity and critical thinking. Studying creative writing will foster valuable communication skills, an expansive imagination, along with editing and research--skills integral to a wide range of professions.


Degree Programs


Distinguished Authors in the Classroom

  • Meet the Faculty

    Eve Alexandra is a lecturer in the English department with areas of expertise in creative writing, poetry, and American literature. She is an accomplished poet who actively publishes across a wide number of journals, including the Harvard Review and The Academy of American Poets. She recently published her first book The Drowned Girl, which received The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.


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Available Courses/ Course Descriptions

ENGS 001 - Written Expression
First Years and Sophomores only. A foundational composition course featuring a sequence of writing, reading, and information literacy assignments. Students learn to write and revise for different rhetorical situations while increasing their mastery of academic conventions. Some sections designed for specific student audiences.

ENGS 002 - Written Expression: Theme
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only. Intensive instruction and practice in writing, reading, research, and revision through the exploration of a theme related to the instructor’s expertise.

ENGS 005 - First Year Seminar
Students write in a variety of forms, styles, and genres in response to selected texts of literary or cultural significance. Themes, texts, and writing assignments vary by section. Prerequisite: First-Year standing in College of Arts and Sciences.

ENGS 050 - Expository Writing
Intermediate course in expository writing (nonfiction that describes, informs, and persuades) emphasizing rhetorical choices for varying audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ENGS 051 - Topics in Composition
Representative topics include: Forms of Journalism and Writing for the Web. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ENGS 053 - Intro to Creative Writing
Introductory course on techniques of writing poetry, short prose fiction, and creative nonfiction. Classes organized around discussion of student work; weekly writing assignments. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ENGS 104 - Tutoring Writing
This course, for students who will be tutoring at the Writing Center, explores ways of responding to writers one-on-one. Permission required. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; minimum Sophomore standing.

ENGS 114 - Topics in Writing
Topics vary by semester and professor. Representative topics: Writing Literary Criticism; Reading and Writing Autobiography; Literary Journalism. Prerequisites: ENGS 050 or ENGS 053; minimum Sophomore standing. May repeat for credit with different content.

ENGS 117 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction
In this workshop for experienced writers, students pursue projects of their own design, in various creative nonfiction sub-genres, including personal essay, literary memoir, and/or literary journalism. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ENGS 050, ENGS 051, or ENGS 053; minimum Sophomore standing.

ENGS 118 - Advanced Writing: Fiction
This upper-level course for fiction writers of proven ability employs a seminar/workshop format, with most classroom time devoted to manuscript discussion. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ENGS 053; minimum Sophomore standing.

ENGS 119 - Advanced Writing: Poetry
This upper-level course for poets of proven ability employs a seminar/workshop format, with most classroom time devoted to manuscript discussion. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ENGS 053; minimum Sophomore standing.

ENGS 211 - Seminar in Writing
Recent topics: "Writing the New Yorker;" "Writing Vermont Life;" "Editing and Publishing." Prerequisites: ENGS 100; ENGS 050 or ENGS 051 or ENGS 053; and one of the following pairs of courses: ENGS 021 and ENGS 022, ENGS 023 and ENGS 024, or ENGS 027 and ENGS 028; Instructor permission for Graduate students.


Department Creative Writing Prizes

Benjamin B. Wainwright Prize

In honor of Professor Wainwright, who taught at the University of Vermont from 1925 to 1963, this prize goes to the student who submits the best poem each year.

Douglas A. Pinta Award

Established in the memory of a UVM graduate, this award is presented to a student dedicated to creative writing.


Learn more about Student Awards with the English department.


Looking for more opportunities to publish your work?

Check out our Outside Publication Opportunities page.

Student Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities outside the classroom available for students to pursue writing!


The Gist

The Gist (previously known as Vantage Point) is a literary magazine where art and literature come together. Join their editing team or be a part of their semesterly publications! Learn more about the magazine in the The Gist spotlight or on The Gist on Facebook.

Submit creative work or email your questions to


The Writers Guild

Join the writers guild, a writing club where students peer-review writing in weekly/bi-weekly meetings. "We are Worldspinners. We are the ones who love to spin story webs. We're creative writers, and we are an SGA approved club who would love to have you join us!" Check out the writer's guild facebook page to learn more.


The Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883 is still making waves in the journalistic field after all these years. Learn more about how you can join the newspaper on their the Cynic website or the Cynic on Facebook. Check out The Vermont Cynic Vermont Cynic e-Edition to stay up to date with breaking news!


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Minor in Reporting and Documentary Storytelling

In the Center for Research on Vermont's newest minor in Reporting & Documentary Storytelling, students study the practice and theory of telling socially and culturally engaged stories in print journalism and nonfiction writing, video, image, audio, and mixed media formats.



Students who pursue an internship during their college education get real world experience ahead of schedule. If you are a junior or senior, consider an internship to pursue your passion in writing. More information can be found on the Internships in English page or on The College of Arts Sciences Internship Courses.


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