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Creative Writing

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Major or Minor in

Creative Writing

Writers show us how people make choices in the process of becoming, and their works help us draw meaning from our experiences. If your passion lies in creating worlds, discovering new characters and playing with language, you can cultivate your skill as a Linfield major in creative writing. From day one you will work with professors who are all acclaimed published authors to craft your own poems, essays, screenplays and stories.

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As a creative writing major at Linfield

you might take:

Introduction to Creative Writing

Learn the fundamental techniques of imaginative writing and develop your own poems, stories, and essays. (ENGL 200)

Northwest Ecology and Environmental Writing

Explore the connections between the natural world and creative expression across three wilderness field trips. (ENGL 289)

Reading and Writing Fiction

Study and practice the craft of fiction writing, producing a robust portfolio of original fiction. (ENGL 317)

Studying creative writing at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct close reading of a variety of literary texts, seeking a deep and broad understanding of the range of worldwide literary precedent.

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  • Name literary techniques across the genres and make use of them both in analyzing the work of others and writing original texts.

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  • Compose, revise, edit and share original work in several genres, seeking a distinct style and distinctive personal material.


    Display a command of standard English in writing with the skill to address various goals and audiences.

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  • Give, receive and make use of pertinent, constructive critique.

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  • Interrogate and develop one’s own imagination and habits of mind and craft within an often messy, challenging and rewarding writing process.


    Generate, revise, effectively order and reflect upon a sustained capstone project of original work.

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Intern in all areas of English

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where English majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Vision Words & Wonder
  • Unidos Bridging Community
  • Empowerteen

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portrait of Joe Wilferth, Dean of Linfield's College of Arts & Sciences
Joe Wilferth
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
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