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Communication, Media, Arts, and Design

English: Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
Hand holding pens with notebooks on top of a table writing during a course about creative writing.

Exercise Creative Thought

The Creative Writing major combines a joyfully intensive writing practice with critical thinking skills developed through the analysis and interpretation of literary texts. Incorporating courses in literature, you’ll develop fluent communication skills, learn to interpret complex information and enhance your creative flexibility and inventiveness.

Contact Info

Brian Ascalon Roley

Professor and Director of Creative Writing

Department of English

356 Bachelor Hall

Oxford, OH 45056


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Join a Distinguished Miami Legacy

Participate in an increasingly global curriculum and outlook. Our 8 full-time creative writing faculty, over 200 undergraduate majors and minors, and 20-25 graduate students take part in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting workshops led by award-winning, actively publishing faculty writers.

Curriculum and Courses

Prominent and emergent authors come to campus each year to visit classes and give readings and craft talks. Some of the new emphases in the program include translation, live performance, and writing for digital media. A senior capstone in creative writing gives students the opportunity to hone ambitious writing projects.

  • ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry
  • ENG 311 Reading for Creative Writing: Contemporary Literature
  • ENG 321 The Literary Marketplace
  • ENG 423 Advanced Creative Writing Nonfiction Workshop

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Career Options

Miami creative writing majors have enjoyed considerable career success. A partial list of honors received by former students includes the Pulitzer Prize (one winner, one finalist), the National Medal of the Arts, the PEN/Robert Bingham Award for Fiction, the Asian American Literary Award, the Whiting Fellowship, and the national Poet Laureateship. Many creative writing majors pursue MFAs or other advanced degrees at top programs including The Iowa Writers Workshop, Columbia, Cambridge, and Brown. Majors pursue successful careers in publishing, editing, advertising, law, medicine, and the business world.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Delaney Heisterkamp
  • Miami has a very cool creative writing program, which is very experimental and pushes your boundaries. I've really appreciated the general mindset of "you know the rules; here's how to break them!

    Delaney Heisterkamp '20
    Creative Writing and Professional Writing

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Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

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