Creative Writing Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame offers undergraduate writers rigorous training in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, with emphases on international, innovative, and publicly engaged literature. Our distinguished faculty helps students hone their craft, connect their writing to the world around them, explore global writing and translation, and prepare for careers in publication, advertising, journalism, literature, education, and numerous other fields. 

In addition to courses, our program offers a lively series of literary readings and events from visiting writers at every stage of their careers, from debut novelists to U.S. Poet Laureates

Our courses are open to students in any major. Browse through our current course offerings here.

Concentration in Creative Writing

Students who wish to graduate with a Concentration in Creative Writing must:

  • Complete all the requirements for the English Major.
  • Complete four creative writing courses. These courses may include:  Introduction to Poetry Writing; Introduction to Fiction Writing; Poetry Writing; Fiction Writing; Creative Non-fiction; Advanced Fiction Writing; Advanced Poetry Writing; and Special Topics in Creative Writing. Other creative writing courses may also count towards the concentration; please consult Creative Writing Director Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and confirm that the course you wish to take counts for the concentration.
  • A Creative Writing Concentrator must take either Advanced Fiction, Advanced Creative Nonfiction or Advanced Poetry.
  • No more than one 200-level creative writing course counts toward the concentration.
  • Three of the creative writing courses a student takes for the Creative Writing Concentration may double count towards the English major; the remaining course may not. Therefore, an English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration normally takes 11 courses, while a regular English Major only takes ten courses. Double counted courses must be at the 300- or 400- level.
  • Spring of Junior Year is the ideal time to apply for a concentration in creative writing

If you would like to consider a concentration in Creative Writing, read all about it here.

Creative Writing Honors Concentration


Students who wish to join the Creative Writing Honors Concentration and write a Creative Thesis must:

  • Have an English Department GPA of 3.78 or above (3.6 at the discretion of the Director of Creative Writing) and have completed 3 English courses, 2 at the 30xxx or above level
  • Complete all the requirements for the English Major.
  • Complete all the requirements in the Concentration in Creative Writing.
  • Write and submit a creative thesis according to the deadlines below under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
  • For thesis requirements and deadlines click here.


  1. Creative Writing Honors Concentrators are required to take a Creative Writing Honors Colloquium in the Fall of their Senior year. Honors Colloquium may be counted towards their four required creative writing courses. 
  2. Creative Writing Honors Concentrators may count one 200-level creative writing course towards the honors concentration.

If you are an English major and would like to write a creative thesis as an Honors Concentrator in Creative Writing, click here.


Any questions? Please contact the Director of Creative Writing, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.