Center for the Literary Arts

Cornell launched the Center for the Literary Arts in the fall of 2012, creating more opportunities for creative writing across departments and disciplines. Read more


Luplow reflects on a semester of creative insights

My first semester at Cornell was loaded with awesomeness: photographing King Chapel a million times over, reading “Paradise Lost” until I began dreaming in 17th-century rhetoric, tweaking out with Beethoven and 35mm negatives in the darkroom at 3 a.m. But there is one aspect in particular that made it extraordinary. Read More

Science and creativity converge in writing course

Literature course explores Dante’s world in Italy

Alumna Founds Online Literary Magazine

Theatre, Arts & Architecture in England  

English faculty and students travel to England for a block every other year 

Boundary Waters courses  

Two English courses offer wilderness immersion experiences 

English course production of "As You Like It"  

English students stage full Shakespearean productions every other year 


Students frequently pursue internships in editing, publishing, and other fields 

English 2.0  

Professor Leslie Hankins explores film and photography in her courses 

English Department featured  

The department was profiled in the Winter 2009 Cornell Report 

English & Creative Writing

The Department of English and Creative Writing offers a broad range of courses for majors and non-majors alike, including off-campus courses ranging from Chicago to Namibia and courses that emphasize global and social concerns such as “AIDS Literature, Film, and Social Theory” and “American Nature Writers.” The major fosters a general understanding of English and American literary history while enabling students to concentrate in one of three areas: literature, creative writing, or film studies.

Students can also take part in Cornell’s vibrant literary life through opportunities supported by the Center for the Literary Arts. Through the center's programs, students can take courses led by distinguished visiting writers, attend readings and workshops, contribute to the literary magazine Open Field, or participate in one of the many creative student organizations on campus.