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Creative Writing

Creative Writing: Minor, Concentration

Hone your writing skills, deepen your knowledge of contemporary literature, reflect on the world, and engage with your imagination.

The Creative Writing Program offers students the opportunity to pursue fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Some creative writing courses are taught primarily as workshops, with an emphasis on drafting and discussing student manuscripts, while others take up special topics such as science writing and memoir and the psyche. All of them expose students to contemporary literature, teach them to read like writers, and allow them to explore countless approaches to telling stories, crafting images, and developing an ear for language.

Program Highlights

The program invites students to develop their own writing practices as well as join a community of working writers. Students in creative writing:

  • study with professors who are themselves published writers working in all three genres
  • select from a range of creative writing and literature courses that allow them to create a minor or concentration that is tailored to their interests
  • interact with some of the nation's most critically acclaimed writers through the Creative Writing Program's reading series
  • present their own work through writing contests, student reading series, and Holy Cross' literary magazine, The Purple  

Creative Writing News

Holy Cross’ New Superpower
Historically dismissed as juvenile at best, evil at worst, graphic novels and comic books are finding their place as a valuable academic tool in higher education.
Maia Lee-Chin, the 2020-2021 Fenwick Scholar, presents at Academic Conference.
Academic Conference Showcases Creativity, Wide-Ranging Research of Holy Cross Students
Two summers ago, while studying abroad in Cambodia, Emily O’Regan ’21 had the first inspiration for her honors thesis: “I spent weeks deep in the jungle surrounded by some of the most pristine landscapes and incredible wildlife I had ever …
The Spire staff
Behind-the-Scenes at The Spire: How Holy Cross’ Student Newspaper Is Keeping the Community Connected
Over the summer, Matthew Anderson ’21 was at work in his hometown of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, when his phone started buzzing nonstop. Anderson, co-editor-in-chief of Holy Cross’ student newspaper, The Spire, saw numerous messages from Spire staff members who had …