English: Creative WritingENGLISH: CREATIVE WRITING
The Creative Writing major at Loras (36 credits) offers introductory and advanced coursework in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, in addition to specialize courses in Screenwriting, Nature Writing, Fantastic Fiction, and Revision, Editing, & Publishing. Seniors write a creative thesis mentored by a writing faculty member. Courses are taught as writing workshops, with small class
sizes (maximum 15). Writing majors also take five Literature courses, including Literary Studies and Literary Criticism.
The creative writing faculty are active, published writers. Their recent books include The Driftless Land: Spirit of Place in the Upper Mississippi Valley (Kevin Koch, nonfiction); The Clockwork Man (William Jablonsky, fiction); Sailing to Babylon (James Pollock, poetry).
The Creative Writing program publishes two literary magazines.
The Limestone Review prints the best student writing in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scholarly essay. The best work in each genre is submitted to the Delta Epsilon Sigma (national Catholic Honors Society) national writing contest, where Loras writers have a long history of top prizes. Students may also serve on the selection committee for The Limestone Review.
Catfish Creek is a national undergraduate literary magazine produced and edited by Loras English majors. Catfish Creek has published undergraduate student work from institutions as far ranging as the University of North Carolina-Wilmington,
Susquehana University, Bowling Green University, University of Windsor-Ontario, and DePaul University-Chicago. Newpages.com gave a resoundingly favorable review to the inaugural issue. To order a copy of Catfish Creek, click here.
The Loras creative writing program also sponsors a Guest Author series. Recent authors have included:
• David Faldet, The Oneota Flow
• Michael Czyzniejewski, Elephants In Our Bedroom
• Amaud Jamal Johnson, Red Summer
• Alan Heathcock, Volt