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Where creativity and art meet

Do you have stories in you that simply need to be shared? Poems that need to be written? The creative writing major at UW-Eau Claire offers writers a unique opportunity to focus on the craft of writing with the support and instruction of an array of well-published and award-winning faculty. The most successful creative writing students often maintain certain attributes and characteristics, and if the following are true of you, then creative writing might just be the perfect fit:

  • You love to read and write.
  • You value offering and receiving constructive feedback.
  • You are driven to write beyond the classroom.
  • You are passionate to express yourself through language.

See specific details about our majors(M), minors(m), and Certificates(C).

Creative writing emphasis mission statement

The mission of the creative writing emphasis is to help students become better readers and writers of imaginative literature, to foster creativity, insight, and empathy, and to engage and celebrate literature from a practitioner's perspective.

Creative writing emphasis learning outcomes

  • Create original, effective poetry.
  • Create original, effective fiction or creative non-fiction.

Blugold finalist for Pulitzer Prize in poetry

UW-Eau Claire alumna Elizabeth Willis, '83, was a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Read more about Willis's writing and teaching career.

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Popular major and minor pairings with creative writing

  • History
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Communication studies
  • Political science
  • Graphic design

Career paths of our creative writing graduates

  • Content manager
  • Content writer
  • Technical writer
  • Social media director
  • Researcher
  • Playwright
  • Freelance writer
  • Novelist
  • Journalist


We live in an age where critical thinking is the most valuable, yet most condemned, asset. It is the duty of the writers to view the world with a critical eye and ask, “Why?” This is why the English program here is great: we are introduced to diverse ideas, and are asked to be critical of the texts and theories we examine. I believe that all students should take an English course, if not an English major.

Jordan Niles, English creative writing major

The Power of AND: Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, singer/songwriter, and self-professed amateur pig farmer. It's a different path than he may have thought he would take when he graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a nursing degree in 1987. But as he tells us, what he learned in nursing college, combined with a love for writing he discovered in a creative writing class, made him realize he could be a healer AND a humorist.

Life changing class
  • Prepare a what-if degree audit with your desired major and minor. (If you need help generating a what-if degree audit, please contact the LTS Help Desk, tel. 715-836-5711).
  • Get an advising packet for your proposed English major/minor and mark off courses that you have already taken. If you have completed three or more semesters, sketch out your remaining semesters on the degree plan (the last page of the advising packet). Advising packets are available from the kiosk outside the English Department Office, on the 4th floor of Centennial Hall. They are also available on the English Department website on the page regarding the particular emphasis.
  • If you are an ARCC student with an ARCC advisor, meet with that advisor. Bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.
  • If you are a student with a traditional department advisor, meet with Dr. Cathy Rex, Director of Undergraduate Studies (during office hours or by appointment) and bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.

Please contact Alaina Guns ( or Joanne Erickson ( or stop in the English Department office (Centennial Hall 4102) to make an appointment with Dr. Rex.

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