Undergraduate Program

The UM Creative Writing Program is for students from all backgrounds and disciplines. You can dabble in a hobby. You can earn a BFA in Creative Writing. And you're welcome to land somewhere in between.

There's a broad array of classes in fiction, nonfiction and poetry: workshops, courses in reading and revision, and a class where students solicit, choose, and publish submissions to The Oval, the undergraduate literary magazine.

Regular faculty and visiting writers teach upper-division classes. These are the same professors who lead the graduate program. Undergraduates are welcome to attend the readings, craft lectures, and panels hosted by the MFA program. If you hope to earn your own MFA in creative writing someday, UM is a great place to be. 

Our alumni do anything that requires creativity, critical thinking, and the ability to write. Their careers range from rock star to poet laureate (Colin Meloy, lead singer for the Decemberists, and Victor Charlo/Michael Earl Craig, respectively.) They follow paths you might expect and become journalists, editors, laywers, marketing professionals, teachers, copywriters, bloggers, novelists, etc. Or they do something that seems totally unrelated, like organic farming or even medicine.

No matter what you decide to pursue, however, creative writing helps you articulate your ideas through stories and analysis, an invaluable skill.  

Information about undergraduate scholarships is available on the Scholarships and Awards page.

Robert Stubblefield and Debra Earling

Robert Stubblefied, The Oval Advisor, and Debra Magpie Earling, Professor of Fiction