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Do you have a story the world needs to hear?

Our majors in the creative writing program work closely with faculty who are also working writers to hone their craft, expand their imaginations and create works that witness the concerns of our time.

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    internship placement

  • 45

    full-time faculty in the Department of English

  • 15

    number of students in creative writing workshops

A High-Quality Education

All First-Year Students are Enrolled in the Core Program Expansive Alumni Network Small class sizes, personal attention

Designed to deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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UD's large, national alumni network allows students to engage with and learn from professionals across the country who are working in various fields.

Students engage in small writing seminars with faculty working on real-world projects.


Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about creative writing? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3434. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

The Roger Brown Residency in Social Justice, Writing and Sport

An opportunity for a distinguished writer to engage the University and wider Dayton communities in conversation about the intersections of athletics, literature and justice.


A creative festival of literary arts that brings the UD and Dayton communities together in a celebration of diverse and accessible poetry.

Orpheus: The University of Dayton Literary Magazine

An expression of visual media and literature, Orpheus is published twice a year entirely by students.

Dean's Summer Fellowship

Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of English

Humanities, Room 200A
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520


of students complete a capstone course


average class size in upper-level English courses