Writing Seminars


Imaginative writing (whether a story, a poem or an essay) is the other conversation we have with our fellow humans. Unlike talk, which is spontaneous, imprecise and quick, imaginative writing is indirect, thoughtful, highly constructed, and, at best, is considered an art. Through literature, we learn what it's like for others to live in the world. Learning how to write a poem or story—to convert our own experience into a shaped narrative or arresting metaphor—is to send back to the world our own report.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Writing Seminars is a collection of professional writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. We offer courses in literary craft from the bottom up, specializing in a kind of writing workshop where literature and craft are studied together. Students may concentrate in fiction or poetry, or they may study more than one genre, including playwriting, essay-writing, science-writing, screen-writing and criticism. We ask our majors to ground their studies in a range of courses in literature, philosophy, history and language.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Fiction and Poetry Writing I, 220.105
  • An introductory course in philosophy
  • An introductory history course or seminar
  • Appropriate level of a foreign language
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Writing Seminars:

  • Reading and writing with care and thought
  • Generating ideas, images, games, and metaphors
  • Applying close reading and interpretation
  • Shaping general ideas into specific points and programs
  • Writing and editing documents

Career Center

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