Creative Writing Major

Jamie-Lee introducing student reader

Jamie-Lee Josselyn celebrates Yiwei Chai at the Kelly Writers House 2022 Senior Capstone Celebration.



The Creative Writing Concentration for English majors (colloquially referred to as the “Creative Writing Major”) provides students with a solid grounding in literature as well as advanced study in creative writing. To fulfill this major, students may take courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults. They may also take innovative workshops in cross-genre, experimental, and hybrid writing, including writing that engages community organizing, multimedia and visual arts, and performance, as well as for-credit apprenticeships and courses in the independent study of a genre or topic.

Creative Writing Concentrators take at least three creative writing workshops as part of their major curriculum. As a major, you’ll discuss what makes good writing not only with other English majors, but also with students from Engineering, Nursing, and Wharton, each bringing a different perspective on the craft and study of literature, creating out of many voices a collaborative, integrated writing community that is part of Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, home to Penn’s writing programs, platforms, and projects. The cluster of programs at CPCW, which includes the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, ModPo, Jacket2, and the RealArts@Penn program of paid internships in arts and media, provides opportunities to our majors in and out of the classroom, including readings, webcasts, podcasts, lectures, performances, and archives — all of which promote the living textures of contemporary writing. 

For a complete list of the creative writing workshops we offer, please click here to read descriptions of courses that attract around 800 students each year from across the university. 

Click here to read about our award-winning faculty in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults.

All Creative Writing Majors are eligible to apply for Honors in English, writing either a critical thesis or a creative thesis.

Declaring your major

For complete details on English major requirements and to declare your major, please consult the comprehensive overview of the undergraduate major available at the Department of English, which includes information on next steps.


Current Majors with a Creative Writing Concentration
  • Miguel Aldaco LPS
  • Brandon Anaya 24A 
  • Eric Axilrod 23A
  • Erin Brennan 23A
  • Mikayla Cassidy 24A
  • Armando Chardiet 25A
  • Celine Cheung 23A
  • Rachel Collison 24A
  • Francesca Davis 23A
  • Makena Deveraux 23A
  • Margaret Dunn 23A
  • Mahailya Hinsey 23A
  • Eva Ingber 23A
  • Angela X Ji  23A
  • Jacob Lewin 23A
  • Esther Lim 24A
  • Sophia Anna Lotman 24A
  • Kira Lucas 23A
  • Henry McDevitt 23A
  • Erica Messics 24A
  • Sophie Nadel 23A
  • Haley Nguyen 23A
  • John Nycz 24A
  • Fatma Omar 23A
  • Delaney Parks 24A
  • Gabriella Raffetto 24A
  • Lucas Schrier 24A
  • Lee Schwartz 23A
  • Sofia Sears 23A
  • Sarah Shin 24A
  • Madeline Song 23A
  • Julian Valgora 24A
  • Nikki Velletri 23A
  • Abigail Walker 23A
  • Yueling Xu 23A
  • Ashna Yakoob 23A