English: Creative Writing and Literature

The English: Creative Writing and Literature Program focuses on the relationships between literature and creative writing. The English faculty are all published writers who serve as role models and mentors for students. English majors prepare for careers in which professional writing and cultural knowledge are essential.

Recent graduates work in the legal profession, education, publishing, media, public relations, advertising, education administration, and theatre. English majors create portfolios of professional writing at their Senior Internship sites. As evidence of their competence in both writing and literary study, majors submit either an Advanced Creative Writing Portfolio or a Literary Assessment Paper.

Each year a selected student represents Pine Manor in the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival held at Boston College. Undergraduate students pursuing a BA with a major in English may apply for acceptance into the Solstice Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and begin their graduate work in the final semester of their BA program. If they are accepted into the MFA program, the graduate work they complete in their final undergraduate semester will satisfy the degree requirements in English. In addition, the graduate course work completes the first semester of the MFA program.
Learning Outcomes of the English Program

  • Students develop student writing, reading, thinking, and oral skills
  • Students gain an understanding of literary forms and traditions; teach critical analysis through reading and writing; and provide cultural and historical contexts for writers from a variety of backgrounds
  • Students develop cultural literacy
  • Students develop sensitivity to language, voice, and audience
  • Students develop creativity
  • Students see how a proficiency in writing and literature links them with other fields and disciplines
  • Students prepare for graduate study and for careers in which writing skills are vital


For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.


Program Faculty


Melinda Ponder - Professor of English
Tel: 617-731-7139

Program Courses

  • EN 111 Mythology and Literature
  • EN 112 World Literature: Genres and Themes
  • EN 200 Writing on the Job: Professional and Persuasive Writing
  • EN 203 Love and Romance in British Writers
  • EN 204 Feature Writing
  • EN 205 Visiting Writers Seminar: Fiction
  • EN 206 Creative Writing
  • EN 207 Visiting Writers Seminar: Poetry
  • EN 208 Creative Nonfiction
  • EN 216 Shakespeare I
  • EN/TH 217 Shakespeare II
  • EN 221 The Poet in the World
  • EN 223 Bad Girls and Wild Women
  • EN 229 Children's Literature
  • EN 232 American Writers
  • EN 233 African-American and Caribbean Literature
  • EN 234/334 The Bachelorette in Fiction and Film
  • EN 235 Female Voices of Diversity
  • EN 236/336 Zora Neale Hurston
  • IDS/WS 213/313 Women in Detective Fiction
  • IDS 290/390 Boston Through its Writers
  • EN 495 Senior Internship

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