Our Creative Writing program offers imaginative students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creation of literary art. Students feel supported and encouraged in small, intensive courses geared toward the enjoyable practice of craft. With the help of their professors, students write extensively in a variety of genres, provide critiques of each other’s work and perfect the art of revision. Our program encourages students to explore an array of distinctive perspectives and techniques that will extend their own writing ability—whatever their preferred genre. We inspire students to create their best work and to feel confident using their writing skills to get published and to find meaningful careers.
Thanks to above-average writing ability, sharp critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and creative approaches to problem solving, students that have studied writing are in demand by many types of businesses. Recent graduates have gone into publishing, writing for large and small businesses, law school, and health sciences and social work programs. Additionally, some of our best graduates go on to study at the graduate level and to teach.
To fulfill the creative writing minor, students take classes on the craft of all different genres, from fiction to poetry to creative nonfiction, all of which serve to enhance students’ writing portfolios and provide ample material to submit to literary journals. This minor requires 15 credit hours (5 courses) in creative writing. Please see the academic catalog for more detailed information on the curriculum for the minor.
The Creative Writing program and minor offer students many opportunities to explore and extend their writing and creative abilities. Some of highlights of our program include:
Study with dedicated, innovative and widely-published teachers devoted to the writing arts.
Choose from an exciting curriculum with courses in Memoir Writing, Flash Fiction, Queer Poetry, Travel Writing, and Writing for Children and Tweens.
Access on-campus readings by internationally recognized visiting writers through the Vox Creative Arts Series. Past artists include Junot Díaz, Brenda Iijima, Helena María Viramontes, Randall Horton, TC Tolbert, Jean Valentine, and Jen Hofer, to name a few.
Enjoy the Hudson Valley location and close proximity to New York City literary scenes, with all their readings, literary agencies, publishing houses, and bookstores, as well as an abundance of arts and culture.
Gain access to an enormously successful internship and job placement program where students can use their love of language toward successful internships and careers.