MIU’s Department of English teaches writing from a basis of consciousness and creativity. In all of our courses, we focus on the writer and the creative process alongside the creative product. What is most unique about our programs is that we incorporate Transcendental Meditation as a tool to develop the creative imagination. Transcendental Meditation is an evidence-based technique that reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and heightens creativity. It helps writers tap the deepest layers of themselves, bringing fresh inspiration to all of their creative work.
Our highly credentialed faculty are working creatives with backgrounds in creative writing or literature. We take mentorship to heart, and it is our passion to bring out the best in our students. We believe that an inclusive and socially aware learning environment is essential to learning. We hold a safe space to help our students discover their authentic writers’ voices. Our classrooms are creative laboratories where students have the freedom to unguardedly experiment with subject matter and craft, to try new approaches without fear of making mistakes. This is how writers break boundaries, discover new frontiers, and get energized with the possibilities and power of creation.
All of our programs strongly emphasize real-world adaptation and professional preparation. We invite local authors and publishers into our classrooms to speak to our students about creativity and the writing life. We offer a course called “Writing to Publish” and help our students break into print. Our students also run a high-quality online literary journal, Metafore.
As faculty members, we want to help our students thrive creatively, professionally, and personally. We do our utmost to support our students to become successful poets and writers. We warmly welcome prospective students to culture their creative abilities within our unique and dynamic literary community.
- BA in Creative Writing
- Bachelor’s with Specialization in Creative Writing
- BFA in Creative Writing
- MFA in Creative Writing
The Department of English also directs the composition program and provides a Writing Center for those wishing extra writing assistance.