The English Department’s Creative Writing (CW) classes are open spaces for expression and intellectual, artistic, and personal evolution. Creative Writing classes stress community, inquiry, and engagement.
The Creative Writing minor affords students: a thoughtful selection of courses that reflect our current cultural moment; the time and intellectual space necessary for writing to evolve; access to information about contemporary literature and publishing from teachers who are writers on the scene; mentorship from those very teachers; close reading and writing skills that are applicable to nearly any professional or artistic situation; and an intellectual/creative community in the form of literary events.
Students can take CW classes without declaring the minor. Students can become CW minors whether or not they are English majors.
The Creative Writing minor’s reading series, called The 82, has hosted Chicago-area writers across genres and backgrounds. Past writers have included: Snežana Žabić, Zoe Zolbrod, T Clutch Fleischmann, Willie X. Lin, C Russell Price, Lily Be, Jac Jemc, Ada Cheng, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Cyn Vargas, and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. The minor also hosts a celebratory student writers’ reading at the close of each fall and spring semester.
As part of NEIU and NEIU’s English Department, the Creative Writing minor strives to be anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-Islamophobic, anti-ageist, anti-classist, anti-heterosexist, anti-transphobic, anti-exclusionary; our program seeks to nurture its students' writings and welcomes all styles and interests.
Creative Writing Faculty
|Timothy Barnett||Olivia Cronk||Larry O. Dean|
|Chielozona Eze||Amanda Goldblatt||Bradley Greenburg|