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Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing brings together professional writers, writing specialists and peer writers. This program is designed to prepare students for careers and/or graduate studies in creative writing and related fields, including editing, education and publishing.

This program aims to first teach the academic skills necessary for a scholarly pursuit of creative writing, and then to move onto a more individualized path where students hone skills in their genres of choice.

This process is accomplished through introductory courses which familiarize students with the skills necessary to work within different writing genres. Students also analyze other writers, deepening their understanding of creative writing as both an art form and an effective means of communication. They then move into advanced courses where they focus on individual approaches, work extensively in one or two genres, and develop the skills necessary to meet career and educational goals. Students participate in workshops where they create their own work, share their writing, and provide peers with written and verbal feedback. This process allows students to be self-directed while also staying structured and disciplined. Our goal is to help students find, refine, and strengthen their own unique voices.

Learning takes many forms and is not limited to just classroom experiences. Our philosophy is to assist students in discovering what they believe they are meant to write and to help them be the best writers they can be. In addition, we seek to teach students the specific expectations that shape the various genres of creative writing.

Creative Writing Program Objectives
Graduates in Creative Writing will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills;
  2. Develop their own writing across genres;
  3. Produce, collaborate on, edit, and distribute writing to audiences;
  4. Demonstrate professional strategies for project management; and
  5. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio.

Creative Writing Portfolio Requirement
In the required Humanities Capstone course, which is part of the College’s General Core, Creative Writing majors compile their best work from their educational career into a final graduate portfolio. This compilation should serve to demonstrate proficiency in creative writing and exemplify the skills mastered during their years at Southern Vermont College. This portfolio should also meet their career needs, whether they are headed to graduate school or directly into the job market.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 courses)

Creative Writing Major (10 courses)

  • Cw100 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Cw215 Writers’ Lives and Work
  • Cw375 Editing and Publication Design
  • Cw407 Theories of Writing OR Cw420 Topics in Creative Writing

One of the following:

  • Cm204 Media Writing
  • Cw275 Foundations in Book Publishing
  • En304 Shakespeare
  • En318 Literary Criticism
  • Hu250 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Ph200 Introduction to Philosophy

Three of the following:

  • Cw311 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop I
  • Cw312 Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop I
  • Cw313 Advanced Playwriting Workshop I
  • Cw314 Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop I
  • Cw321 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop I
  • Cw322 Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop II
  • Cw323 Advanced Play Writing Workshop II
  • Cw324 Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop II
    OR
  • Two Advanced Writing Workshops (Cw31X and Cw32X) and another upper-level Cw or En or Hu course with approval of advisor and Division Chair.

Hu495 Humanities Internship

Two Cw and/or En electives (200-, 300- or 400-level)

General Electives (9 courses)

Recommended Program Sequence
Students in this degree program work closely with their academic advisors to create an individualized program sequence.

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