What will I learn?

The Creative Writing major is intended for students who wish to combine the study of creative writing with the study of literature. Students will gain training in the art of writing within the context of aesthetics, the literary tradition, and a broad liberal arts education. The major offers students a rigorous “apprenticeship” in creative writing, developing students’ understanding of literary forms and tropes, and providing the appropriate background in literary and intellectual history.

Career Opportunities

The Creative Writing major will provide an excellent foundation from which students can continue to grow as writers. Because the combination of writing and literature will deal with everything from form and structure to editing to rewriting to critical thinking, Creative Writing graduates will be well suited for careers in all fields of writing, publishing, editing, advertising, technical writing, public relations, as well as graduate study.

Program Objectives

To allow students to see and appreciate their own participation in a great tradition and learn the difference between imitation and innovation by studying the works of great writers and literary techniques so many have used.
To increase the student’s ability to read and understand a variety of literary works and to improve the students’ ability to write clear, grammatical, rhetorically effective prose and poetry.
To develop the ability to recognize literary techniques in others’ works and to utilize these techniques effectively in their own work.
To develop an independent and recognizable artistic “voice” and an increased imaginative capacity.
To gain a familiarity with the aspects of the publishing industry most relevant to their work and an experience with the process of submitting works of publishable quality.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$35,454.00 per year
The above tuition fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per term; given fee is for 2019 – 2020 and it may be subject to change in future

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1215 Wilbraham Road,

SPRINGFIELD,

Massachusetts,

01119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

For international students

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

TOEFL - 79 IBT

IELTS - 6

PTE Academic - 53

STEP Eiken - Pre-1

iTEP – 4

Admission is on rolling basis.

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About this uni

The WNE campus is spread across a spectacular 215-acre area and was voted number 11 on a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall.

  • 90% of graduates are in jobs or further study
  • WNE University has over 70 clubs and groups for students
  • WNE boasts a 4,500-seat multipurpose, outdoor sports stadium
  • USD 90 million has been invested in new campus facilities