Creative writing at the University of Chicago can position itself as part of the intellectual framework of any program or major and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work. For example, students in the visual arts join forces with writers to produce graphic novels. Students of foreign languages can take literature courses and poetry or fiction writing workshops as part of a translation project. Students may pursue creative writing as part of the formal program in English Language and Literature or Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, as a stand-alone minor with any other major, as part of another major that accepts writing courses to count towards requirements, or as an elective.
Michael Ondaatje, writer in residence at the University of Chicago, and award winning author of the English Patient, gives a lecture on his writing process and style in 2012.