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Creative Writing


Creative Writing at Case

Offering the Opportunity to Study with Recognized Authors

Creative Writing classes offer undergraduates the unique opportunity to study closely with established authors in a number of genres. From the beginnings of a novel to a collection of poems, creative nonfiction to graphic novels, students in creative writing have a chance to study and create in an intimate atmosphere that encourages writers in pursuits from the traditional to the progressive.

Guidelines for creative writing

Writing students usually begin with the 200-level creative writing courses and then enroll for two or more semesters in one or the other of the primary writing workshops (ENGL 303 and 304, each of which can be taken more than once). For the most advanced students ENGL 406 (Advanced Creative Writing) is available in alternative years.

Depending upon their other interests, writing students are also encouraged to take courses in which they read widely in literary history, including contemporary literature, and to study the literature of some language other than English.

Ambitious creative writing students with the appropriate grades and background may in the senior year elect to do a creative thesis, often a collection of poems or stories or a part of a novel.

Mary Grimm

Author of "Left to Themselves" and the short story collection "Stealing Time"

Mary Grimm

Mary Grimm teaches fiction writing, with courses in the short story and the novel. Grimm also teaches courses in contemporary literature, with a special interest in science fiction. Recent courses reflect her growing interest in science fiction, and Grimm currently teaches a course focusing on science fiction's uneasy tension between visual and verbal.

Thrity Umrigar

Author of "Bombay Time"

Mary Grimm

Thrity Umrigar is the author of three novels, Bombay Time (Picador, 2001), The Space Between Us (William Morrow, 2006) and the upcoming If Today Be Sweet (William Morrow, 2007), as well as the memoir, First Darling of the Morning (Harper Collins, 2003). A former journalist, she has written for national publications and is a regular contributor to the book pages of theBoston Globe and The Washington Post. She is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Sarah Gridley

Poet-in-Residence, author of "Weather Eye Open"


Sarah Gridley received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana, where she was named the 1998 Richard Hugo Scholar and also won the 1999 Merriam Frontier Award. Her poems have appeared in Jubilat and the Beloit Poetry Review, among other journals. Her most recent book is Weather Eye Open (U. of California P., 2005)

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