Department of English and Creative Writing

Providing students with the development, critical skills and experiential learning opportunities to prepare for fulfilling careers

The Department of English and Creative Writing is committed to providing students with a dynamic, hands-on education that focuses on project-based learning experiences that prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers in areas including publishing, journalism, public relations, advocacy, and marketing. Nationally recognized authors and writers make up our faculty and lead students in the study of literary forms and the development of critical analysis and skills, creativity, and cultural literacy. The English and Creative Writing Department faculty keep their doors open and strongly believe in individual development and advisement.

Experiential learning opportunities include the Roger Williams University-sponsored literary magazine Mount Hope, fellowships in the Roger Williams University Writing Center, presentations at renowned national conferences, internships, projects with the Community Partnerships Center, and the SAR Advocacy "living course", an international advocacy effort that has led to the release of writers imprisoned and persecuted for their work.

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English Literary Studies

Reading, writing, analyzing and researching to change the world.

English Literary Studies
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Creative Writing

Through writing and analyzing creative works, you’ll learn how to express your ideas, tell stories and apply creative thinking to careers in writing, publishing, journalism, advertising and more.

Creative Writing
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Secondary Education (English Major)

The Secondary Education program prepares effective high school teachers that excel in helping students learn and grow. 

Secondary Education (English Major)
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Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that make up our Creative Writing and English programs.

Faculty and Staff
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Discovering Voice in Writing

Samantha Duncan, RWU Class of 2013
English Literary Studies

Being a writer doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to only writing fiction or poems. Just ask Samantha Duncan.

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English Literary Studies

Learn more about becoming an English major at RWU. We train students to be strong writers, active readers, creative researchers and presenters who are ready for the professional world.

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Creative Writing

Learn more about becoming a Creative Writer at RWU. Our published writers train students to tell transformative stories— a highly marketable hard skill in the professional world.

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Secondary Education (English)

Learn more about becoming a Secondary Education teacher of English in middle or high school. To be a secondary education teacher, students double-major in both Secondary Education and English Literature.

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