Portfolio for the B.A. in English, Creative Writing, & Book Arts

All English, Creative Writing, & Book Arts majors must submit a portfolio of collected works to the program faculty. Students should work closely with their faculty advisors as they assemble the contents of the portfolio, all of which should be products that represent their best coursework in the various categories. The portfolio is due to the advisor by the mid-term date of the first semester in which students have junior standing. A committee of Program faculty will be the portfolio review committee; students must receive a passing evaluation on their portfolios before they may register for ENG 442 Senior Project.

The English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts Portfolio must contain the following items:

  • An example of creative writing
  • An example of literary analysis
  • A book arts project
  • Job application materials—one-page resume and one-page cover letter to a potential employer
  • A brief cover letter addressed to the English, Creative Writing, & Book Arts faculty reflecting on why the student has chosen the included documents and what he/she has learned in the process of creating them.

Portfolio Evaluation

After careful assessment by the English, Creative Writing, & Book Arts faculty, a student’s portfolio may:

  • Pass without qualification.
  • Pass conditionally. In this case the student will be required to revise one or more of the documents and resubmit the portfolio within two weeks of receiving the faculty assessment.
  • Not pass. In this case the student will be required to take additional coursework to remedy deficiencies, typically one additional course.

Rubrics for assessing English, Creative Writing, & Book Arts Portfolio

Creative Writing Sample will be ranked on the following items on a scale of 1-4 (High pass, Pass, Needs Improvement, Fail):

  • Clear engagement with genre and form
  • Facility with language
  • Style and voice
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Originality
  • Effective editing and proofreading

Literary analysis sample will be ranked on the following items on a scale of 1-4:

  • Analytical depth and complexity
  • Disciplinary knowledge
  • Quality of argument and support
  • Clarity and precision in language
  • Effective organization
  • Effective editing and proofreading


Book Arts project will be ranked on the following items on a scale of 1-4:

  • Understanding of typographic and visual design
  • Integration of text and design
  • Creativity, imagination and originality
  • Technical craft
  • Effective editing and proofreading

Career materials will be ranked on the following items on a scale of 1-4:

  • Contains all necessary information
  • Follows commonly accepted conventions
  • Is clear and effective prose
  • Is professionally presented
  • Is effectively edited and proofread


Cover letter to faculty will be ranked on the following items on a scale of 1-4:

  • Provides a rationale for the selection of each of the three concentration pieces
  • Reflects thoughtfully on learning outcomes for each piece
  • Demonstrates writing that is clear, organized, well-developed
  • Is free of surface errors
  • Is appropriate to audience
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