The Creative Writing major at Loras College offers extraordinary depth and range, together with the kind of close, sustained faculty mentoring which is only possible at a small college. Students choose from introductory and advanced courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction, along with specialized courses in Screenwriting; Nature Writing; Fantastic Fiction; Writing for New Media; Writing as Social Action; Rhetoric & Political Engagement, Grant & Proposal Writing; and Revision, Editing & Publishing. All Creative Writing courses have no more than 15 students, and are taught by experienced and well-published full-time faculty.

Our Creative Writing majors are introduced to rigorous critical reading  in Literary Studies, sharpen their analytical skills in Literary Criticism, and choose several courses from the whole history of English and American literature, in all genres, and from selected courses in Irish, Canadian, Russian, and World literatures. Many also choose a second major in English Literature to deepen their literary knowledge. (The Bauerly-Roseliep Scholarship is awarded each year to the graduating senior who most excels in both majors.) Students with an interest in writing for purposes of social and political engagement can also minor in Rhetoric & Public Writing.

In their final year, all Creative Writing majors write a creative thesis in a genre of their choice in the Senior Thesis Seminar. In addition, each student works closely over two semesters with a full-time Creative Writing faculty member to write and revise this extended writing project: a novel or novella, a group of short stories or essays, a collection of poems, a screenplay, or a play.
Creative Writing majors are actively engaged on campus and beyond. A student editorial staff edits and publishes Catfish Creek: A National Undergraduate Literary Journal. Our students present their scholarly and creative writing on campus at the college's annual Legacy Symposium, and, along with students from other colleges, at the annual Streamlines Undergraduate Language & Literature Conference. Many of our students also publish their writing in The Limestone Review, the college’s annual journal of scholarship and creative writing.

The best writing in each of four genres published in The Limestone Review each year is awarded the $100 Alpha Award, and entered in the Delta Epsilon Sigma national undergraduate writing competition. In 2015, our students won first place in this contest in three of the four genres: Poetry, Nonfiction Essay, and Scholarly Essay. In fact, at least one Loras student has won at least Honorable Mention in this national contest each year for the last twenty-four years.

Many of our students also land internships at local newspapers and publishing houses, including McGraw-Hill and Kendall Hunt. Many study abroad in Ireland for a semester in connection with the Irish Studies program, or write for and edit The Lorian (the Loras College newspaper). And many participate in the Loras Players theater troupe, including their annual performance of student-written one-act plays.

Click on the links on the left near the top of this page to explore our faculty, our course descriptions, and much more.
Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off in one of these fields:
  • Creative writing
  • Teaching
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Political writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Technical writing
  • Magazine writing
  • Grant writing
  • Broadcast media
  • Digital media
  • Consulting
  • Advertising
  • Law
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