Creative Writing

What Is It?:

Creative Writing combines small workshops (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and a variety of literature courses.  The result is a strong but flexible program of study that develops students’ analytical and creative skills and prepares them for work of graduate study in any number of fields.

For more information, please visit the Department of English

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CW 104—Introductory Narrative Writing
  • CW 106—Introductory Poetry Writing
  • RHET 105—Writing and Research

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Author
  • Book Reviewer
  • Commentator
  • Copywriter
  • Crossword Puzzle Maker
  • Editor
  • Fact Checker
  • Lobbyist
  • Poet
  • Public Relations
  • Publications Specialist
  • Spokesperson
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Arranger
  • Associate Media Director
  • Biographer
  • Broadcast Supervisor
  • Columnist
  • Composer
  • Continuity Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Critic
  • Editorial Writer
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Fundraiser
  • Humorist
  • Librettist
  • Lyricist
  • Medical Writer
  • Orchestrator
  • Patient Relations Specialist
  • Playwright
  • Program Proposals Coordinator
  • Project Supervisor
  • Proofreader
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Publicity Director
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sales Service Promoter
  • Science Writer
  • Screen Printing Inspector
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Trainer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Writers Organizing Realistic Dialect: promotes, engages, and publicizes the artistic side of the performer. With this organization, we want artists to know the reason and depth behind their craft.
    • Rhetoric Society of America – Student Chapter: follows the mission statement of RSA student chapters; an interdisciplinary gathering of students interested in the study of rhetoric student chapters.

Related Skills:

  • Able to work with deadlines
  • Highly imaginative 
  • Individually expressive 
  • Non-fiction & poetry writing
  • Observant
  • Open to criticism 
  • Organized 
  • Persistent 
  • Proficient in close reading
  • Proficient in critiquing 
  • Proficient in editing 
  • Proficient in fiction,
  • Proficient in grammar 
  • Proficient in interpretive reading 
  • Proficient in research
  • Proficient in word processing 
  • Self-disciplined 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Strong communication

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Creative Writing, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Creative Writing.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Creative Writing.  These organizations include American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Assocation of American Publishers, and Modern Language Assocation.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Creative Writing, visit Undergraduate Programs.