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Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing Emphasis




About the Program


Welcome to Creative Writing at Weber State! You are not alone in your interest in this dynamic major. Over 100 of your peers are currently enrolled in our lively program, where opportunities abound to professionalize your writing and forge new paths through your imagination. 




CollegeRank just voted Weber State University's Creative Writing Program #2 in the country!




Recent Faculty Publications

Our faculty have published dozens of books, held esteemed fellowships, won literary awards, and routinely performed their work on national stages.






Dear Weirdo (2022) from       Prof. Abraham Smith

The Sum of Her Parts (2022) from Prof. Siân Griffiths

American Homes (2013) from Prof. Ryan Ridge

The Marriage of the Moon and the Field (2019) from Prof. Sunni Brown Wilkinson



Student Literary Opportunities

Our Majors join Metaphor, learn to edit, perform at our on-campus open mic events, rub shoulders with literary legends at our top-notch visiting writers series and the National Undergraduate Literary Conference, go on to publish books, and create their own magazines. 


Metaphor Literary Journal

 Metaphor is Weber State University's undergraduate literary journal, entirely run by students. Published each spring since 1982, the magazine features original poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, interviews, and art.

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Open Mic Events & Visiting Writers Series

Our majors perform at our on-campus open mic events and rub shoulders with literary legends at our top-notch visiting writers series. Presented by the Wastach Writers Center & the Department of English

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National Undergraduate Literature Conference


Since its inception in 1985, the National Undergraduate Literature Conference at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. The conference intends to create a forum for undergraduates to present their critical and creative works to a panel of their peers. 

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There has never been a better time to be involved in creative writing at Weber State. We are glad that you are thinking of joining us!


Course Spotlight


Introduction to Creative Writing, ENGL 2250


Professor Laura Stott's Introduction to Creative Writing Class, Engl 2250, recently had an immersive experience writing poetry and stories inspired by the art installation by Gail Grinnel in the Shaw Gallery. 

Program Requirements


The Emphasis in Creative Writing requires the completion of 18 units—a total of 6 courses—within the English Major. Along the way, you will develop and hone skills in the writing of original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced workshops address your writing through instructor-led peer discussion. In addition to completing the required courses for the program, you will produce a Creative Writing Portfolio and spend invaluable time investigating professionalization and community-building opportunities. 



As an English major, you’re required to meet with a faculty advisor for course and program advisement. A grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in all major courses is required, in addition to an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher. A minimum of 39 credit hours is required in English courses, of which 36 must be upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses.

No later than the beginning of your third year, you should meet with Abraham Smith or Ryan Ridge, co-directors of the creative writing program. They will assign a faculty mentor for you to work with during your time in the program.


A minor is required. You may minor in linguistics or professional and technical writing, or choose a minor in another academic department.

Language Requirement

You must take either 12 credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts. Any 3000 or 4000 level English class may be used as a language arts course, but one course (3 credits) with a primary emphasis on language or writing is strongly recommended. Courses chosen for the BA language requirement cannot also be counted toward the English major.

Degree Completion

You must complete: 

  • WSU general education, diversity, Bachelor of Arts, major and minor requirements
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A maximum of 30 hours of residency at WSU
  • A minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours
  • Graduation requirements within 6 years for baccalaureate degrees

To fulfill the Breadth Creative Arts (CA) requirement, you must take ENGL 2250 (Intro to Creative Writing). This course is required before taking upper-division creative writing coursework.

To be cleared for graduation with the creative writing emphasis program endorsement, you must also complete all the requirements for the portfolio and submit it to your faculty mentor three weeks prior to graduation.

Weber State Catalog: Course and degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing Emphasis


Meet Our Co-Directors


Ryan Ridge, Assistant Professor of English





Abraham Smith, Associate Professor of English





Want to Know More?

We invite you to set up an appointment today with the English Department advisor, John Schwiebert: