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Creative Writing

I'm coming back to Beloit with a head-full of stories-- the motivation for my senior honors project in Creative Writing!

Joy Belamarich, DIS: Child Diversity and Development, Spring 2011


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Note: Creative writing workshop courses are not taught at most universities abroad. English majors are encouraged to study the literature of their chosen countries and other subjects unavailable at Beloit. Creative writing majors are encouraged to continue their writing through journals and blogs.



Australia – Wollongong University, Wollongong

Fall, spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 cumulative gpa

Housing: Residence halls close to campus with a choice of meal plans; homestay; private room or apartment rental

Details: Directly enroll in university courses with local students, choosing offerings from a wide range of departments; the Faculty of Creative Arts’ strand in Creative Writing offers a wide array of courses in poetry, prose fiction, scripting (film and theatre) as well as editing and writing theory


Ireland –  National University of Ireland – Galway                

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework in your field

Housing: Residence halls arranged through accommodation office, students provide own meals.

Details: Hosting 600 US students a year, you will be able to take courses with students from Ireland and around the world; visiting students in English select courses from the second and third year literature program courses: romanticism to modern Irish literature; strong programs in Celtic civilization, Classical civilizations and languages; see website for course selection.

Hungary - Beloit Exchange at József Eötvös Collégium in Budapest

Fall, academic year

Language: English, Hungarian language class.

Eligibility requirements: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.

Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city.

United Kingdom - University of Dundee

United Kingdom - University of Essex

United Kingdom - Lancaster University, Lancaster, England

Fall 10-week term plus pre-session course, spring & summer terms

Language:  English. 

Prereqs: Minimum cum 2.8 gpa and in subjects relevant to your study plan.

Housing:  On campus accommodation with local and international students; shared kitchens; options for meals.

Details: Fall term students arrive early and choose from 2 courses (each worth 4 semester hours) with field trips and orientation; choose from regular university courses in science, social science and the humanities, women’s and gender studies and film; creative writing courses include a creative writing workshop, short fiction, poetry and writing for the screen; shopping on the university campus outside of Lancaster, easy access to town.


United Kingdom – University of East Anglia, Norwich                                          

Fall, spring          

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa

Housing: single-occupancy dorm rooms with shared kitchens.  Students prepare meals themselves.

Details: Extensive course options in creative writing, including prose, drama and poetry; the UEA Literary Festival features weekly lectures by published writers; prestigious alumni of the program include Ian McEwen.


United Kingdom – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland             

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland

Housing: University assists students find housing in halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences; lectures and tutorials, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art; courses in English and Scottish literature, Celtic civilization; some year-long classes not open to spring semester students; study with local and international students.


United Kingdom – ISEP: University of Ulster, 4 campuses, N. Ireland              

Spring, academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Northern Ireland.

Housing: Varies by campus: apartments, residence halls or student houses; meal stipend or provide own meals

Details: Courses in peace studies, policy studies, life sciences, informatics, engineering, mathematics, Irish studies, English literature, economics, law and applied social studies; the Coleraine campus offers specialty  courses in literature including Genres of Writing, Writing and Editing, Irish Story Telling and Irish Women’s Writers; study with local students. 


Recent creative writing majors have studied on ACM programs in China, India and Zimbabwe (now in Botswana); through Beloit College in China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Morocco and Turkey; programs through other providers in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, England, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland and South Africa.  Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location.


Domestic Programs

ACM: Chicago Arts, Chicago                                                                        

Fall, spring

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing preferred, approval through campus selection process, previous coursework relating to an arts discipline (including audio, literature, communication, performance, visual arts).

Housing: Program students housed in double rooms in apartments with cooking facilities located in Chicago neighborhoods; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with ACM program students; 4 units of credit: a city-centered Core Course, a choice of Seminar course topics; an internship connecting academics to the world of work; an independent study project related to the student’s academic goals, often linked to the internship.


ACM: Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities                                         


Prereqs: Junior or Senior status; preparing serious research in the Humanities

Housing: Canterbury Court Apartments, downtown Chicago, students provide own meals.

Details: Work with faculty members to delve into the collection of the Newberry Library in Chicago; the Library's collections focus on the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century; designed for mature and motivated students. 

HECUA: Writing for Social Change, Twin Cities, MN


Prereqs: sophomore standing or higher, 2.5 gpa

Housing: residence hall on campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis

Details: courses in Creative Writing in Political, Social, and Historical Context (one course), workshop in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction (one course), internship and Integration Seminar (equivalent of 2 courses)


Last Updated: 7/2015