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Creative Writing Requirements & Courses


Requirements & Courses

In addition to the PhD in English General Course Requirements in literature, as creative writers you take a minimum of 9 credit hours in 400- and 500-level creative writing workshops in at least two genres:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Creative Non-Fiction

An additional requirement is that you have a formal reading of your creative work before our community, and work towards publication. There is a lot of support from the friendly group of writers here at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from the popular Thursday Night Reading Series (TNRS), to the strong professional development support you get through coursework and workshops.


You may take your comprehensive exams beginning in the semester after you complete your coursework and foreign language requirements. Following exam specifications required of your concentration, students select four areas for examination, one primary area and three secondary areas. You may opt to take two additional courses to replace one minor exam. Talk to your advisor for more information.


You will complete a creative dissertation which consists of a book-length creative work and a theoretical introduction to that work. The introduction is a scholarly work which engages issues, ideas, and/or craft elements found within the rest of the dissertation. While you are welcome to stick to a single genre for the creative part of the dissertation, multi-genre work is welcome.