Creative Writing

Apply THIS WEEK to be an English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

Deadline: November 1st
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Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually reinforcing, the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration emphasizes the inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, students benefit from the resources provided by New York City— a worldwide center for literary publishing.


Admission to the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration is competitive and is based primarily on the strength of your submitted writing sample. Fifteen students total will be admitted each year.

Applicants must:

  • Be in their sophomore or junior year
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 overall G.P.A.

Submit an application and writing sample by completing the online Application Form. The first deadline for applications is November 1st and you will learn whether you are accepted by December 1st.

Course Requirements

The English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration consists of a total of 11 required courses.

  • 1 Junior Theory Course
  • 5 Literature Electives (at 3000 level or above). At least two courses must be about a literary-historical period before 1800.
  • 5 Creative Writing Courses
  • 1 (Non-Credit) Capstone Course. This course will have students working collaboratively to put together a public exhibition of a creative writing project as a culminating experience.



As a creative writing concentrator, you will get guidance from full-time creative writing faculty members to help you choose courses in a manner that provides a coherent focus across writing genres and historical periods, at the same time allowing you to pursue an interest-driven, individualized course of study. Advisors will initially be assigned at random, but you will have the opportunity to adjust your advisor assignment as you develop a mentoring relationship with different faculty members.

Publications & Internships

Creative writing concentrators are encouraged to be involved with one of the publications on campus, including CURA, The Observer (and its literary section, The Comma) and The Ram. Class credit may be earned by working on any of these publications. Creative writing concentrators are also encouraged to explore internships relevant to their course of study.

New Media Colloquium: The Future of Publishing

Éclairs, Kindles, Twitter-bots, and the Gutenberg printing press all came our way during the Creative Writing Program's New Media Colloquium.  

Allison Parrish and Benjamin Samuel duke it out over the role technology will play in the future of publishing.

Allison Parrish and Benjamin Samuel duke it out over the role technology will play in the future of publishing.

On October 8th,  Fordham Writer in Residence, Allison Parrish and Benjamin Samuel, editor at large at  Electric Literature spoke on an array of ways that the publishing and writing worlds are continuing to change and evolve. 

“People don’t really understand technologies before they dismiss them,” said Samuel.  "Some critics thought that Gutenberg’s printing press would destroy culture. Critiques of Kindles and iPhones may seem equally outdated in the future."

Still, Samuel cautions that no one can truly know the future of publishing.

“I don’t know what the future of publishing is,” he said, “and anyone who tells you they do is trying to sell you something. Our collective decisions right now as creators and consumers will determine the future. We just need to let people read what they want to how they want to,” he said. “The future of publishing isn’t a computer. It’s us.”

Parrish, however, struck a different tone. Parrish creates experimental art through computer programming and she said she found the interaction of computers and readers “beautiful.”

Among Parrish’s creations include a video game that she describes as “Boggle and Super Mario at the same time” among other quirky and inventive projects. Perhaps her most notable endeavor, however, is the popular Twitter account @everyword, which  tweets every word of the English language alphabetically. Because of a programming fluke, @everyword tweeted the word “éclair" after the last word beginning with "z," infuriating many Twitter followers.

Aside from the laughter Parrish’s story elicited, Parrish felt there was an important lesson within @everyword.  “Words aren’t empty vessels. @everyword brings that to the surface.”

When Samuel stated that he felt computer generated writing could never replace writing written by people, Parrish playfully retorted “I disagree. Wherever there’s a program that makes text, there’s a someone who programmed it.”

This event was co-sponsored by New Media and Digital Design.

Creative differences resolved... for now.

Creative differences resolved... for now.

CURA Magazine Accepting Submissions

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is now accepting submissions for 2014-2015.  CURA contributors have won Rockefeller, Guggenheim, American Book, and National Endowment for the Arts awards.  Past issues have featured work by:  Brenda Hillman, Robert Bly, Evie Shockley, Patricia Smith and Idra Novey.

In keeping with our partnership with The Doe Fund, magazine submissions should be based in some way on the theme of "Borderlands." Through its pioneering program, Ready, Willing and Able, The Doe Fund combines paid transitional work and a holistic, individualized service package to catapult individuals into the workforce and out of cycles of homelessness, crime, and addiction. All magazine publication proceeds directly benefit The Doe Fund.   

Submissions are accepted from October until March.

2014 Creative Writing Prize Winners

On April 14, the 2014 Creative Writing Prize Winners read from their winning submissions. Prizes were awarded for the best fiction, non-fiction, and poetry created within our own Fordham Writing Community.

The prizes, with the respective winners and pieces are as follows:

Judge: Millicent A.A. Graham
Wallis Monday, Mindlessness (five poems)
Trisha Tobias, "Unsaid/Six Words/Sometimes"
Runner-up: Karen Loder, “Sakura, Cosmos: Poetry”

Judge: Millicent A. A. Graham
Shea Boresi, Endangered Poems
Raven Diltz, Seconds from Supernova (five poems)
Runner-up: Marie LaVina, Four Poems

Judge: R. V. Hansmann
Emily Doscher, “The Chapel”
Rachel Prensner, “I’m Sorry I Wrote about the Bunker”
Runner-up- Chrissy Pusz, “You”

Judge: Amina Gautier
Melisa Annis, "Ablution"
Ryan Lawless, "The Ugly One"

Judge: Fordham Panel
Xavier Griffiths, “Periplaneta Japonica”

Judge: Sarah Gambito
Shea Boresi, Blue Poems


Call for Applications: KGB Reading

Студенты внимание выпускников!

(Attention graduate students!)

Fordham Креатив объявляет возможность читать ваши 

работы перед аудиторией

Fordham Creative Writing announces an opportunity to read your work

in front of an audience at the famed KGB Bar, on Tuesday, April 29, from 7-9 pm

KGB is a Ukrainain Socialist social club turned night joint and literary magazine. The location has been featured on several “best of” lists by the New York Times and New York Magazine and has featured some of the best writers in the country.

We’re looking for prose writers to read for ten minutes. If you are interested in participating, please submit your piece(s) for approval.
Eligibility: Rose Hill and Lincoln Center graduate students in the English department.

Guidelines: Submit up to (but no more than) seven pages of text (fiction or nonfiction).  Please identify the genre to which you are submitting. 

To submit your application, click here.