About our Undergraduate Program

The Creative Writing major at the University of Illinois, known formally as the Rhetoric major, is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Now in its sixth decade, the major combines small workshops (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and a variety of literature courses. The result is a strong but flexible program of study that develops students' analytical and creative skills and prepares them for work or graduate study in any number of fields. Over the years, the program has produced many successful writers, but it is in the give-and-take of the workshop, in the nurturance of all of the writers who take part, that success is measured. For detailed information about course requirements for the Creative Writing major, available scholarships and prizes, course descriptions, and more, visit the English Department's Undergraduate Studies page.

Students in the undergraduate program edit and publish Montage, an annual journal that features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art by University of Illinois undergraduate student writers and artists. Our students also organize the Creative Writing Club for undergraduate students, which hosts regular meetings, social events, and open-mic readings.

Creative Writing students and professor in classroom

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