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Creative Writing Degree Online Bachelor of Arts

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Creative Writing Degree Program Overview

If you have a passion for storytelling and want to pursue a career using your writing talents, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing and English program can help you get on the right path.

You'll develop your writing skills alongside students from across the country, who represent an incredible range of voices and experiences. Together, you'll participate in workshops, producing work and presenting it to your peers for commentary and discussion.

"Everything I learned during my degree journey added to my understanding of how to write and boosted my creativity," said Aubrie Arnold '20 , a graduate of the creative writing program. "I now feel like I can and will write novels – I’m working on that now – and I feel like I have the correct tools to make those novels successful.”

This degree is also an attractive option for transfer students, as it offers a number of free electives.

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What You'll Learn

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Concentration Options

When you choose to study creative writing at SNHU, you have the option to stay with the general track – which gives you the flexibility to study a variety of genres – or you can opt to add one of our 4 concentrations to your degree : fiction, nonfiction, poetry or screenwriting.

Creative Writing & English (BA) - Fiction Aspiring authors and storytellers who are looking for a way to gain inspiration and foster their imaginations will find the online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Fiction Writing to be the perfect balance of craft and critical analysis. This BA program emphasizes the craft of fiction writing and helps you develop an appreciation for all forms of fiction while honing your writing skills and philosophy of composition. You'll gain insights into publishing technologies and the industry as you enhance your fundamental knowledge of fiction writing's most crucial elements. This comprehensive program gives you a powerful understanding of plot, character development, narrative voice and other mechanics of creative writing. Studying fiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University doesn't just focus on developing your skill and technique. This program also gives you the opportunity to explore your creative boundaries, perfect your craft and dive deeper into your preferred genre. From fantasy to sci-fi and mystery to young adult, you can embrace the style of writing that you're drawn to and bring your original stories to life. The format of this BA program encourages collaboration and direct interaction with faculty and peers. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers. Nicholas Patterson '22 found peer interaction through writing workshops to be a favorite part of his program. "I have learned tons of new skills," he said, "but most importantly learned how to grow from constructive criticism." Career outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median 2021 salary for writers and authors was $69,510. 1 The BLS notes that a degree and publication is typically required for a full-time writing position. Writers who concentrate in fiction have career opportunities in a range of professions, including content writing, editing, copywriting, publishing, communications and more. Courses may include: New Media: Writing and Publishing Fiction Writing Workshop Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop Request Info Apply Now Creative Writing & English (BA) - Nonfiction Discover your niche with a nonfiction writing degree online at Southern New Hampshire University. Our online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Nonfiction delves into a wide variety of styles and subjects – everything from the personal essay to autobiography, memoir, travel writing and magazine features. Our creative writing online program can help you combine research and reflection with compelling storytelling. You'll also gain insights into publishing technologies and the industry, explore your creative boundaries and develop a unique voice. A solid foundation in the broader scope of creative writing is critical to the craft of nonfiction writing. In our comprehensive nonfiction writing program, you'll acquire a powerful understanding of research, narrative voice and other mechanics of creative writing. The online nonfiction writing degree program's format encourages collaboration and ongoing interaction with faculty and peers. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers. Career outlook: The median 2021 salary for writers and authors was $69,510, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 1 Nonfiction writers can publish in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, as well as find career opportunities in digital content writing, social media/communications, copywriting and editing. Courses may include: New Media: Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Writing Workshop Intermediate Nonfiction Writing Workshop Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop Request Info Apply Now Creative Writing & English (BA) - Poetry The online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry degree program is an opportunity for aspiring poets to find inspiration, engagement and creative collaboration with peers and faculty alike. Our specialized program enables you to hone your craft and unleash your imagination, helping you create imagery in verse. While a poetry degree is valuable in and of itself, it can also prepare you for many professional paths. You can explore careers in creative writing, advertising, journalism, publishing and advertising copywriting. Southern New Hampshire University also offers an online Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry. As a student in our poetry degree online program, you'll begin taking writing courses during your first year. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers. Career outlook: Career paths with a BA in creative writing include work as a creative writer, advertising copywriter, journalist, publisher or poet. Writers have also found careers in communications, digital content writing and editing. Courses may include: New Media: Writing and Publishing Poetry Writing Workshop Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop Request Info Apply Now Creative Writing & English (BA) - Screenwriting Whether you have dreams of writing blockbusters, developing documentaries or working with other writers on sitcoms, the online BA in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Screenwriting is an excellent way to hone your writing skills and put your passion to work. The classes in this specialized online screenwriting degree are based on a comprehensive study of creative writing, with a special focus on story structure, character development and the visual medium of film. You'll have the opportunity to explore all of the forms that screenwriting takes – feature-length and short films, television episodes and miniseries, commercial and internet-based video. While creative writing is at the core of this program, your screenwriting classes will place a special emphasis on visual storytelling. Designed by experienced and distinguished faculty, this creative writing program will give you a powerful understanding of how story, character, theme, action, visuals and dialogue intertwine to create a compelling moment in time. The format for the screenwriting degree online program encourages collaboration and direct interaction with faculty and peers. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers. Career outlook: Blockbuster movies, independent films and shorts, commercials, television dramas and sitcoms all rest their success on the backbone of their scripts. Screenwriters have lots of options when it comes to navigating their careers. You could pursue independent work and make your stories come to life – or you could develop scripts for specific projects that need a writer's touch. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors earned a median salary of $69,510 in 2021. 1 Courses may include: New Media: Writing and Publishing Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop Intermediate Screenwriting Workshop Advanced Screenwriting Workshop Request Info Apply Now if (typeof accordionGroup === "undefined") { window.accordionGroup = new accordion(); } accordionGroup.init(document.getElementById('a7db942c2ff94e9783a92e9b328572c0')); Career Outlook

Use storytelling skills to write everything from children’s books and novels to biographies, essays and memoirs.

Apply your understanding of the written word to plan, review and revise content for publication in books, periodicals or online platforms.

Promote a product, service or organization with content for advertisements, marketing campaigns or websites.

Research topics, investigate story ideas and interview sources to write compelling nonfiction articles for newspapers, magazines, blogs and television news programs.


Use the power of writing to create visual and auditory experiences for everything from major blockbuster films to television episodes and commercials.


Write speeches for business leaders, politicians and others, using words to engage with and move an audience.

Technical writer

Prepare instruction manuals and how-to guides to clearly communicate complex ideas and technical information.

And with today's technology, it's easy for writers and authors to work from just about anywhere as long as they have internet access – meaning jobs aren't limited to major cities anymore.

In addition to the writing skills you'll develop in a creative writing degree program, you could also pick up a handful of other career skills 1 the workforce desperately needs, like:

"This [program] not only allowed me to explore my creativity through writing," said Nicholas Patterson '22 . "It taught me the fundamentals of the industry and how to pursue a career in it."

Job Growth and Salary

Prospects for writer and author occupations appear promising in the coming years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry shift from print to online media should result in employment growth. 1

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for writers and authors is expected to grow 4% through 2031 — that's as fast as average for all occupations. 1

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In 2021, the median annual wage for writers and authors was $ 69,510 . 1

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Creative Writing Degree

Why snhu for your creative writing degree flexible with no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7. affordable as part of our mission to make higher education more accessible, we’re committed to keeping our tuition rates low. in fact, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. prior coursework could also help you save time and money. snhu’s transfer policy  allows you to transfer up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institutions—that means you could save up to 75% off the cost of tuition. you could also save time and money by getting college credit for previous work experience , or by taking advantage of military discounts and employer tuition assistance if available to you. respected founded in 1932 , southern new hampshire university is a private, nonprofit institution with over 160,000 graduates across the country. snhu is accredited by the new england commission of higher education (neche), a regional accreditor, which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.  recently, snhu has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education: u.s. news & world report named snhu the 2021 most innovative university in the north and one of the nation's "best regional universities" awarded the 21st century distance learning award for excellence in online technology by the united states distance learning association (usdla) a $1 million grant from to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth network at southern new hampshire university, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 300,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities. 93.6% of online students would recommend snhu (according to a 2022 survey with 17,000+ respondents). discover why snhu may be right for you . admission requirements expanding access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. that’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials: completed free undergraduate application prior transcripts, which we can retrieve at no cost to you test scores are not required as part of your application acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms . how to apply if you’re ready to apply, follow these simple steps to get the process going: complete a free undergraduate application submit any additional documents required work with an admission counselor  to explore financial options  and walk through the application process if you have questions or need help filling out your application, call 1.888.387.0861 or email [email protected] . if (typeof accordiongroup === "undefined") { window.accordiongroup = new accordion(); } accordiongroup.init(document.getelementbyid('06235c05b74e467bb258c6a2eee81259')); what snhu students are saying.

Nicholas Patterson

"I came [to SNHU] originally to have more freedoms and explore my creativity in a new environment. This program has given me that and more – this program has enabled me to improve myself in every facet of writing, from brainstorming a new idea to learning about genres and even how to market myself and my writing."

Courses & Curriculum

Southern New Hampshire University is home to one of the largest creative writing programs in the country.

Our unique online creative writing degree allows you to take writing courses from the start. The program features 4 writing workshops, including an advanced workshop in which you'll complete a polished piece in the genre of your choice.

The courses in our BA in Creative Writing can help develop your talent for creating stories, novels and characters and turning them into finished, professional pieces. Whether you choose the general track or a specific genre, you'll learn from published writers with valuable industry insights.

In addition to the courses and electives within the major, SNHU's online writing degree program includes 30 credits of free electives. This leaves you with room to choose courses or a minor in an area of study that you'd like to write about – like history or psychology – or the opportunity to complement your studies with career skills, such as graphic design or marketing. The amount of free electives also makes our creative writing degree an attractive option for transfer students.

Throughout your program, you'll learn from published writers, professional editors, publishers and established literary critics – subject-matter experts who can help guide you to improving your craft.

As a bonus at SNHU, you can choose to further your study of creative writing with one of our popular graduate programs:

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General education.

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments .

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

Minimum Hardware Requirements Component Type   PC (Windows OS)   Apple (Mac OS)   Operating System  Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.   Currently supported operating system from Apple.  Memory (RAM)  8GB or higher  8GB or higher  Hard Drive  100GB or higher  100GB or higher  Antivirus Software  Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.  Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.  SNHU Purchase Programs  Visit Dell   Visit Apple   Internet/ Bandwidth  5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency  5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency  Notes:   Laptop or desktop?   Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.  Note:   Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.  Office 365 Pro Plus  is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for  Microsoft 365 plans  for business, education and government.  Antivirus software:  Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.  if (typeof accordionGroup === "undefined") { window.accordionGroup = new accordion(); } accordionGroup.init(document.getElementById('f756dce5bd874c61855f6f6e92d88470')); University Accreditation

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Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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Creative Writing BA(Hons) (Online)

Fast-track your career in the world of writing.

Course overview

Learning from experienced professionals, you’ll explore the evolving needs of the writing marketplace, from digital content creation to screenwriting and writing for games, while actively engaging with our industry connections. With the chance to work on live briefs in creative teams, whether you dream of penning novels, writing for games, creating compelling digital campaigns or writing award-winning screenplays, you’ll graduate with an assured voice – ready to make your mark.

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On this accelerated online Creative Writing degree, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over two years full-time or three years part-time.

Across this online course you'll begin to develop your writing practise and your reflective and analytical skills both as an individual and as part of a team.

You'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts, gain an awareness of the context of the creative industries, learn the art of reading as a writer and examine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator.

You'll begin to develop your writing practice and your reflective and analytical skills both as an individual and as part of a team. You'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts, gain an awareness of the context of the creative industries, learn the art of reading as a writer and examine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator.

Dreaming Up Worlds: Imagination, World-Building and Character

Develop your core fiction writing skills, create characters imbued with life, construct fascinating fictional worlds and understand the principles of storytelling.

True Stories: Creative Non-Fiction and Life-Writing

Develop research strategies for writing compelling creative non-fiction and life writing, and discover how to use creative writing to reach an audience for your true stories.

Post-Digital Writing: Idea, Concept, Platform

As a writer engaged in finding your own voice across platforms in contemporary cultural industries, you'll experiment with a wealth of forms and prompts to expand your practice into the post-digital era.

Society and Identity

Examine the elements and concepts that mediate, influence and challenge your place as a creator and develop your critically informed writing voice.

You'll push the boundaries of your discipline to extend and enhance your writing, entrepreneurial and critical skills. You'll work in teams to create and publish innovative content, while exploring and analysing audience reception. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your writing and analytical skills across different genres and forms.

Writing for Screen Media: Games, Film, TV

You'll experiment with the formal constraints at the interface of writing and the digital world.

Bound by None: Place and Adventure

Develop your travel, place and nature writing skills, alongside critical approaches to exploration and environmentalism in this adventurous module.

Writing for Performance: Poetry, Theatre, Comedy

Develop disruptive and engaging writing approaches to reimagine conventional forms in a contemporary context.

Collaborative Project

Working in real-world contexts with other students and industry partners, you'll develop creative working strategies, communication and advanced project planning skills.

You’ll continue to strengthen your industry presence as a writer and be encouraged to submit your work to active calls for submission. You’ll also hone your own voice further with a deep-dive into a genre of your choosing – developing a critical and market-based understanding of its intricacies. All this will culminate in your final project, where you’ll be supported by your supervisor to produce a substantial creative piece in a specific form and genre. You'll take a more entrepreneurial approach to your practice and establish your public persona as a 21st-century writer.

Respond to challenges and engage in multidisciplinary work to produce an innovative, multiform piece.

Genres and Disruptive Fictions

Deep dive into your chosen genre and develop a critical, market-based understanding of its intricacies.

Masterpiece: Individual Project

Produce a substantial piece in the form and genre of your choosing and take your practice and your voice further.

Publishing Lab: Entrepreneurial Practice

Develop the framework for your current and future publishing activities, and position yourself with agility in the diverse and changing world of the creative industries.

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details:

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" This course delivers exactly what I wanted - stimulating content, supportive and knowledgeable lecturers, exciting and thought-provoking assignments. " Emma Cristou, BA(Hons) student

How you'll learn

This accelerated online course is delivered through a combination of lectures, webinars, forums and activities. These will take place through both online events and work undertaken in your own time, through the Virtual Learning Environment.

All our activities are designed to support you to achieve the learning outcomes of each module. Each week you'll develop your passion for writing by actively engaging with a variety of forms and genres. Lectures, video and audio resources, extra reading material and interactive activities, are all available online and there are weekly challenges and learning events. Curated readings and resources will challenge and enhance your analytical thinking and taste, and you'll learn by doing to best develop your voice and your position as a writer.

You'll cultivate a dynamic writing process, working on your craft between 27-50 hours a week, depending on your choice of full-time or part-time study, establishing a writing routine and preparing and researching for your modules - as a full-time writer would do.

An accelerated degree condenses the modules into two years on the full-time route, or three years on the part-time route. 

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How you'll be assessed

The BA(Hons) Creative Writing online employs a range of assessments and strategies throughout the course, including formative and summative assesments.

Formative assessment in the form of continuous written and/or verbal feedback takes place across the module through your participation in the different learning activities and webinars, and by exchanging peer feedback on ideas and work in progress. This kind of assessment supports you to develop your writing, critical and reflective skills and to keep up to date with your course work.

Summative assessment takes place on each module, usually at mid-points and at the end of the module. Activities across each module will help you prepare for these assessments. Assessment types include portfolios, reviews, pitches, presentations, reflective journals, case studies, competition analysis, documentation of projects and the final project, which is the major project of the end of your course. At the end of the module you'll receive written feedback and a mark for each assignment via an online feedback system within three weeks of the deadline.

You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.

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Finding my tribe: Why I chose to study creative writing online

BA Creative Writing (Online) student Jax Purchase lets us into her experience on the course, and her reasons for choosing an online degree in the first place.

Our staff are fascinated by the immense possibilities of creative writing and the playful, artistic nature of contemporary publishing. Their entrepreneurial engagement with the craft and in-depth discipline knowledge expands across many areas of expertise including screenwriting, writing for games, comedy, business and digital writing, podcast, poetry, young adult and literary prose. With strong connections to the creative industries, they'll help you experience an up-to-date, innovative learning journey with opportunities for industry-based challenges and networking.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

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Dr Marshall Moore

Course leader and senior lecturer.

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Lecturer, creative writing ba(hons).

Eoin Murray is a Welsh writer, game scripter, and ludo-narratologist from Bangor in North Wales curr...

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Online tutor, creative writing ba(hons) (online).

Naida is a screen/writer, PhD researcher and educator based in South-East England.She gravitates tow...

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Joshua Schouten de Jel graduated with First Class Honours in BA English and Creative Writing, Distin...

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You have the option to apply via UCAS or directly with us, depending on your education and experience. Find out more about ways to apply.  

Ready to join us? Find out what course routes are available here.

You can apply for the September 2023 full-time route through  UCAS  using: 

Application advice & interview information

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

Applying with UCAS points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

Applying without UCAS points

We'll welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.  Find out more about APL.

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our  English Language Requirements  for more information.

For starting your studies in 2023

The application deadline for online undergraduate courses is 31 August 2023 . The academic start date is 25 September 2023.

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Inspire and engage others through your creative writing skills.

You’re full of bold ideas, innovative concepts and compelling thoughts. In studying the craft of creative writing you are taking your place beside those who use language, literature and writing to shape our world.

Through UCF Online’s creative writing courses, you’ll become an expert communicator with a deep appreciation of fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. This program will guide you through an understanding of rhetoric, communication and literary structure within a diverse array of texts. You’ll also stretch your imagination as you hone your own craft, learning how to construct poignant arguments, think critically and develop original creative content for fiction and nonfiction genres.

Written communication is one of the most enduring, flexible and sought-after skills in today’s employment landscape. With your online creative writing degree you’ll be poised for a career in a variety of fields, including law, editing and publishing, teaching, consulting and more. Get started today and earn your BA in Creative Writing.

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Ba (hons) creative writing, part-time, online, study creative writing for your degree with oca.

Have you always wanted to write a novel, create a screenplay, or perfect your poetry? Whatever you’re looking to write, our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will give you the tools to achieve it.

Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will empower you with effective practices, insights and skills, encouraging you to write more frequently and with more purpose than ever before. Shared experiences are reflected throughout the course, which is packed full of options so you can develop your writing in your own way and in your preferred genre.

You’ll study the basics of writing, how to remain engaged and will uncover different styles of writing, from poetry and scriptwriting to short fiction and children’s books. You’ll be encouraged to read the best writers, exploring what makes To Kill A Mockingbird so compelling, or why the script of Casablanca works so well, and then apply these techniques to your own writing.

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Unique online Creative Writing courses

Our BA Hons Creative Writing degree is a specialist degree covering scriptwriting, writing for children, life writing, writing a novel, poetry, and more. You can study creative writing online – completely at our own pace – while being supported by OCA’s tutors.

It aims to equip students with skills, confidence, motivation and ambition, through a learning design programme that starts from fundamental writing skills through to the contemporary professional practice in a form or genre of the student’s choice.

Students are equipped with some fundamental writing techniques applicable to all genres, before allowing students to sample poetry, screenwriting or prose writing, and can pursue the poetry or scriptwriting forms at a more advanced level and/or will have the option to try more niche forms of writing, to enable them to gain further skills and expertise.

The programme draws on creative writing pedagogy by utilising the group or workshop activity as well as the individual assignment and close study of others’ work, but accommodates OCA’s distinctive demographic and the desires of lone writers by enabling some to create alternative submissions in the form of traditional writing portfolios.

Course Structure

Our Creative Writing degree covers the full breadth of writing practice, allowing you to take the options that are of most interest to you. As of September 2021, the BA Hons Creative Arts course will deliver 3x 40 credit units in each Level of the course.*

Students are introduced to the basic skills and techniques of creative writing in the initial unit, Essential Writing Skills 1.1. In their second unit, Further Writing Skills, students will choose two options from a choice of three pathways: they can either try basic poetry or screenwriting or the prose option. These choices remain with them for their third unit at Level 1, Developing Your Writing Skills. By the end of Level 1, students will have the skills and knowledge needed to deepen their poetry, prose or scriptwriting craft at Level 2.

Students are supported in the transition from novice undergraduate to knowledgeable and independent learners, putting into practice skills acquired at Level 1 and developing a personal approach to their writing practice. The units at this stage allow students to develop skills from Level 1 in poetry or screenwriting or else to try something new and more specialised, such as writing narrative non-fiction, writing for children or teens or writing short fiction.

Students will begin to understand the iterative and skills-building requirements of creative writing, and will actively consider how their work may become outward-facing. Peer sessions with other writers will inform their writing and raise critiquing skills, with an understanding that in some cases alternative methods are more appropriate.

Level 3 equips students with knowledge, understanding and skills for continuing personal development and professional writing practice. The units provide a framework for the learners to generate projects based on the personal vision and ambition gained throughout Level 1 and Level 2. The aim is to strengthen each individual’s writing practice and inform their creative development through rigorous intellectual enquiry, resulting in a distinctive body of creative work.

*For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree prior to September 2021, existing units across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway. 

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available units – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which OCA might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us . This description was last updated on 14 December 2022.

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With the OCA, you can study a BA (Hons) degree in our flexible online learning model at approximately one third the cost of a degree at a traditional physical university.

Students study and pay for the course on a unit-by-unit basis, so you only pay for the course as you enrol to each unit.

This course is eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or you can self-fund the course and break down costs even further through the deposit and instalment option.  Find out more about your funding options  here .

You will require regular use of a computer or laptop and internet access. Most essential reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks.

Students are responsible for sourcing and, where necessary, purchasing any additional software and resources specified. These can be around £400 at Level 1, £500 at Level 2, and £550 at Level 3. Where possible, open or freeware equivalents will be discussed alongside industry standard options.

On this course, you’ll need some type of word document software, such as Microsoft Word and a place to keep your learning logs and journals – this could be digital or handwritten, though your assignments will need to be typed. If you choose to study Scriptwriting, you may need some software to support this.

You may be eligible for any student discounts on computer equipment and software by using your student email, and you can find out more information about student discounts  here .

Our courses are designed with open access in mind, meaning you don’t need specific subject qualifications to enrol.

You can review the study requirements  here so you’re prepared for online study at higher education. This will include a good standard of English and IT literacy skills.

We accept enrolment for our BA (HONS) courses all year round, so you can start at a time that suits you. You don’t need to wait for a specific intake month, simply complete the online enrolment form and indicate your preferred start date.

When applying for a Student Finance tuition fee loan, this may take 4- 6 weeks to process, so select a start date reflective of this. If you are also applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and would like this support to be in place before beginning your course, please allow 14 weeks from when you begin your application to your start date.

Our part-time degree courses are completed on average between 6 and 9 years. The degree is structured into three levels (instead of three years) so you’re able manage study around other commitments.

Once enrolled, you’ll have a maximum of 12 years to complete your degree course. There are unit and level timeframes within the overall degree time frame, and you’ll need a minimum of 10 study hours per week to keep on track. To find out more about course duration and managing your time, click here .

Your course materials are accessible online through the virtual learning environment, OCA Learn, where you’ll also have access to student forums, a subject space, the student handbook and the online library. You’ll work primarily from a set text of course materials and resources, but can also sign up to webinars, workshops and study groups in addition to your core learning.

Once you’ve completed the required assignments within a course unit and received tutor feedback, you’ll submit a portfolio of work to an assessment event. This gives you the opportunity to develop your work before you have it formally assessed to achieve credits towards your degree.

Upon completing the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree, as a fully-fledged creative writer you could embark on being a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter – you name it, you can do it. Prospects have great tips on what it is to be a professional writer. They also cover the many roles you could take on, freshly equipped with your degree.

While you’re pursuing your dream of becoming a professional writer, you can find a range of options to support your art while you write that amazing script or novel. Some include:

In May 2022 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport  estimated there were some 2.3 million jobs  in the UK creative industries, and  post pandemic the Creative Industries are growing faster than the UK economy  as a whole.

The Academic Regulatory Framework (ARF) regulations are applicable to all taught courses offered by the Open College of the Arts (OCA). As of January 2024, this will lead to an undergraduate award of The Open University (OU).

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About You: Entry Requirements (1/3)

OCA offers open access courses, meaning you can start studying something you may have been interested in for years but haven't been able to pursue. What we are interested in is your aptitude and enthusiasm for your chosen subject.

You don’t need specific subject related qualifications to study with us, however there are minimum entry requirements you need to meet to ensure you have the right tools to get started.

English Language

As your legal nationality features on the majority English speaking countries list or you are a continuing student, you do not need to provide evidence of English Language proficiency. You will still need to confirm that you have a good standard of English to study this course.

You have indicated a legal nationality that is not featured on the majority English speaking countries list as provided by the CEFR. You must provide evidence of your English language proficiency equating to B2 of the CEFR.

You can evidence you meet this requirement through one of the following documents:

- A Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider, taken two years or less before the date of enrolment to the course. IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Academic may be accepted as meeting these requirements, provided the student has achieved a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four elements of language learning. - Have successfully completed an academic course (not professional or vocational) at Bachelors degree level or above from an educational institution in the UK or in a majority English speaking country as listed below. - A passport provided as evidence of nationality of a majority English speaking country as listed above. - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT taken two years or less before the date of enrolment to the course, with minimum scores in each of the four elements of language learning as follows: reading 18, listening 17, speaking 20 and writing 17. - Cambridge English B2 First qualification with scale range 160-179 taken in the last two years as of the date of enrolment to the course. - An online Duolingo test. You would need an overall score of 90 or above to meet Level B2 of the CEFR, and a minimum score of 85 in each category (providing your overall score is still above 90).

About You: Entry Requirements (2/3)

As our courses are hosted on the virtual learning platform, OCA Learn, it is essential that you have access to a laptop or computer, and can easily manage a range of basic functions through ICT. This includes being able to;

About You: Entry Requirements (3/3)

Distance learning is great for anyone who wants to be creative, expand their skills and/or gain a qualification on your own terms. A lot of our ­­­students study alongside other commitments such as work, childcare and health issues, adding distance learning to their existing lifestyle.

Self-motivation is key to a successful distance learning student. You will be able to set aside several study hours per week and be comfortable working independently. As a higher education student, you are responsible for your studies and managing your time effectively, and will need a minimum of 10 study hours per week complete within the maximum time frames available.

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Learning Difficulty

If you think you may have a SpLD but do not have a formal diagnosis, please take a look at the Adult Checklist on the British Dyslexia Association website:

This does not confirm a diagnosis itself but may give an indication as to whether you should consider looking into a formal diagnosis.

A full diagnostic test is required for UK students to access support via the Disabled Students Allowance process. For OCA students who need help to pay for a diagnostic test, you may be able to apply for part-funding towards a diagnostic assessment via OCA’s Learner Support Scheme.

If you already have a full (post-16) diagnostic assessment, we would encourage you to apply for additional support via the Disabled Students Allowance process. You will need to get reassessed if you had this done when you were under 16 years old.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

If you are eligible for Student Finance, you may wish to consider applying for Disabled Students Allowance (Student Finance). This has been invaluable to many of our students. Students may be awarded a mentor which provides regular face-to-face interaction to support you with your planning and motivation, or software and equipment may be awarded to help you study the course depending on your needs. It's all individual - they will look at what the requirements of the course are, where your areas of difficulty may be due to your symptoms and let you know what options there are that could help.

We advise students applying for DSA to enrol to the course when DSA is in place, however you can start before this - the decision is yours. DSA applications can take 14 weeks to process, so please consider this when selecting your start date later on.

You can still apply for DSA even if you are a part through your studies.

Course Information

Students must achieve 360 credits to complete their BA Hons course, which is structured into three 120 credit levels. Students begin at Level 1, and enrol on a unit by unit basis. Each level is made up of three 40 credit units.

The first number of the unit name indicates the level of study, and the second number of the unit indicates what order they unit should be studied at that level e.g. unit 1.1 is the first unit at Level 1.

OCA accepts enrolments for our BA (HONS) courses all year round, so you can start at a time that suits you. You start date must be between August 2022 and July 2023.

If you are funding through Student Finance, the tuition fee loan application process can take between 4 – 6 weeks. To help keep your study plans on track, we recommend applying for Student Finance at least six weeks before your preferred start date, but don’t worry if your funding application isn’t approved in time. We’ll keep your enrolment pending until you receive your outcome and then get you enrolled straight away.

If you plan to wait for your DSA support to be in place before your start date, please select a start date at least 14 weeks in the future.

Funding and Payment

You are responsible for submitting your own Student Finance funding applications. The month you begin your course will mark the start of your personal academic year with Student Finance. For instance, if you begin your course in October, your funding year runs from October to September. This means you need to apply for funding to begin every October for the relevant academic year for as long as you are studying your course.

Mark the month you start your course in your calendar, so you know when your funding the following year needs to begin. We recommend applying for the maximum amount available each year. We will only claim the amount required.

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The New School offered the first academic creative writing workshop in 1927 and pioneered a new philosophy of education. The idea: Students would make their own lives and stories part of their education. Today The New School continues to celebrate and cultivate daring and diverse new voices through its highly regarded MFA in Creative Writing program, the Summer Writing Intensive, and the BA in Creative Writing. Students in any major may also apply to The Writing and Democracy Honors Program .

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The BA in Creative Writing can be a pathway to the worlds of publishing, writing, production, marketing, and arts management. Graduates of this program develop careers as working writers, publishing professionals or publishers, editors, and publicists. This program also prepares students to apply to graduate programs in journalism or creative writing, including The New School's MFA in Creative Writing.


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The English and Creative Writing major enables students to experience the historical, traditional, and innovative aspects of literature in English, and the relationship between critical reading, creative writing, and translation. The major provides the transferable skills important for a liberal arts major, including the abilities to think deeply and creatively, read complex texts with comprehension, and develop writing and speaking skills at an advanced level.

The English and Creative Writing major introduces students to the wealth of resources associated with the University of Iowa and Iowa City writing communities. For over 75 years, the Department of English and the UI Writers’ Workshop have been leaders in the area of writing. The MFA offered by the Nonfiction Writing Program and administered by the Department of English has been voted the top MFA program in creative nonfiction in the United States. Likewise, the MFA program in the Writers’ Workshop is annually noted as the top graduate program in the country. The international reputation of writing at Iowa is boosted by synergy across colleges, with the International Writing Program hosting published writers each fall from countries around the world and each spring traveling to other countries, taking Iowa writing “on the road.” This synergy helps the University and Iowa City draw writers of all ages and nationalities to its writing community. This community is bolstered by the strong readings series offered by the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Writers’ Workshop, and Prairie Lights Books, with hundreds of readings archived by the Iowa Digital Library, creating a resource for future writers and scholars. The status of Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature has also enriched the writing community, with people from across the Midwest visiting the town during the annual Book Festival. The new massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the Department of English, “Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself,” and by the International Writing Program’s series “How Writers Write” have enrolled thousands of students and adult learners, enhancing the reputation of Iowa as the Writing University. The Summer Writing Festival, Iowa Young Writers Studies, the Certificate in Writing, the Center for the Book, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and the Iowa Youth Writing Project all help to turn Iowa City into a destination for young writers, who are drawn to the city for its heritage and for its current community of writers.

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Bachelor's degrees in creative writing.

Many forms of entertainment involve creative writing, including novels, plays, movies, and TV shows. An online creative writing program trains students in the craft of writing. Students learn how to develop their ideas and build a regular writing practice.

Degree-seekers with a high school diploma can apply to bachelor's in creative writing programs. Some schools ask applicants to submit a creative writing sample in their chosen genre, such as fiction or poetry.

Our guide to online creative writing degrees offers information on common classes, costs, and potential careers for graduates.

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What can a degree in creative writing do.

An online creative writing degree can help students develop their writing and reading practice. Graduates may work in publishing, advertising, or teaching.

Is creative writing a BA or BS?

A creative writing degree is typically a BA. Some schools offer a BS that focuses on technical writing.

Is creative writing a useful major?

Creative writing builds transferable skills in writing, reading, and communication. Students can also pursue graduate studies in many fields, such as English or law.

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Why Get a Degree in Creative Writing?

An online creative writing degree builds knowledge in English literature and the craft of creative writing. Students refine their reading and writing skills. They also practice creativity by writing original works like short stories and poems.

A writing degree prepares students for many creative career paths. Many graduates work as writers and authors. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $67,120, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics .

Students who earn their creative writing degree online can often work full time while in school. An online format also means learners can attend top programs without relocating.

How Much Does a Creative Writing Degree Cost?

Tuition varies by school, degree level, and learners' residency status. Students attending in-state, public schools typically pay the most affordable tuition. Degree-seekers pay an average of $35,720 per year, according to .

Full-time learners can complete a bachelor's degree in four years. Earning a master's takes an extra two years. Accelerated programs can help students graduate sooner. An online creative writing degree can help students complete a degree while continuing their career. Online enrollees can also save money by avoiding commuting and parking expenses.

Additional Online Student Fees

Online students should budget for extra expenses, such as materials and books. Many schools charge technology fees to cover tech support and other resources. Online enrollees may also need to pay administrative fees for registration or graduation.

Online learning requires a reliable computer and internet connection. Degree-seekers may need to buy a new laptop or upgrade their software. Students attending hybrid programs may need to budget for travel and lodging expenses. Conferences and other off-campus experiences bring additional fees.

Courses in Creative Writing

Bachelor's-level online creative writing programs focus on broad knowledge in literature, literary analysis, and creative writing practice. Similar to English programs, students usually complete literature classes.

Degree-seekers often choose a creative writing genre, such as fiction, poetry, or playwriting. Rather than completing an English thesis analyzing a work of literature, students may complete a creative work, such as a novel or poetry collection.

See below for three common classes in online creative writing programs. This list is a sample curriculum. Courses vary by program.

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Salaries for graduates with an online creative writing degree vary by job title, employer, and experience level. Many graduates work in writing and publishing. However, degree-holders can apply their creative writing skills in many fields, including communications, advertising, and business.

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The University of Illinois at Springfield offers an Online Bachelor of Art in English. This online degree program prepares students for a wide variety of jobs within a vast expanse of job-sectors. Students can find well-established careers in education, law, business, and healthcare. The degree program is characterized by its multifaceted nature. Courses available to students in this curriculum include Rhetoric and Composition in Digital Media, Non-Fiction Writing, and Professional Writing. This degree program requires a minimum of 68 units for completion. Online students at UIS have the unique opportunity to present their work at the Students Arts and Research Symposium.  The English department faculty are a diverse group of professionals from all backgrounds, and its diversity resembles that of the student body. The faculty additionally offers their support every step of the way.

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Missouri State University provides an Online Bachelor of Art in Professional Writing program. This program shows its value by combining superior writing abilities with computer skills. Some of the fields open to graduates of this degree program include government, technology, and health care. The major requirements for this program is a minimum of 36 units. Students admitted to the program must also maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50. Those who pursue this degree use their blend of writing and computer proficiencies to analyze, understand, and understand the conventions of the English language. One of the more interesting aspects of the program is that students are required to take four courses outside of their major. Some of these focuses include The Natural World, Public Issues, and Cultural Competence.  

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The University of Colorado offers an Online Bachelor of Art in English Writing program to all interested students. This undergraduate degree program exposes students to all aspects of English. The program houses students with different goals and interests while still giving great attention to all disciplines of English. The online courses are taught and pursued with the same fervor and intensity that those who attend in person experience. Although the program is flexible and designed with all types of lifestyles in mind, full-time students are still expected to graduate within four years. Some of the courses offered to students during their degree program include Technical Writing, Business Writing, and Fiction Workshop. CU is specifically appealing to technical writers, authors, and editors.

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Bachelor of Arts in Writing Concentrations

The University of Massachusetts - Amherst offers an Online Bachelor of Arts in Writing Concentrations. UMass Amherst University Without Walls aims to assist all levels of writers in expanding their understanding of the theory and practice of professional writing. This comprehension of the language extends across all genres of modern and traditional writing. UMass Amherst allows for 105 units to be transferred into their all online program. The undergraduate degree is designed with those facing the challenges of family, community, and professional responsibilities in mind. Students considering this program must have a minimum of 12 units completed with a 2.0 GPA maintained. Those curious about attending must be clear that the program is open to all, but that it is also rigorous once enrollment is obtained.

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The University of Memphis provides the platform for an Online Bachelor of Art in English. This four-year program offers courses such as Forms of Poetry, Literary Programming, and Studies in Discourse Analysis. The University of Memphis has a Smart Start supplementary program for adults returning to take classes. The initiative assists with readiness and preparation for the pursuit of a degree.

Students are given the opportunity to hone their skills and ramp up for the technology-driven curriculum. Students interested in the degree program can assess their readiness by taking an online assessment. The two online degree concentrations include Professional Writing and African-American Literature. Students also need to complete a minimum of 120 units to achieve their degree. Those who are not already U of M students need to complete an online application.  

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Central Washington University has an Online Bachelor of Art in English with Professional and Creative Writing to combine technical aspects of professional writing with the freedom to write creatively. Students are required to take a minimum of 74 credits to complete the degree. Available courses include Legal Writing Credits, Advanced Fiction Writing, and Women’s Literature. The English department also amplifies the voices of their students by announcing poems that are published and other literary successes by posting congratulatory messages on the CWU website. Because this degree is a specialization, students need to complete two upper-division courses prior to enrolling.

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Old Dominion University awards an Online Bachelor of Art in Professional Writing. This supplemental certificate program for the Bachelor of Art requires a minimum of 12 credits. The purpose of the certificate program is to strengthen and focus on writing abilities. Students develop clarity in their written communications. ODU’s online program also provides graduates with a unique tool. The Career Coach is an online system that allows students to explore their employability in various regions. There is a job board, a resume assistant, and an assessment center available for career building as well. The class conversations are live as if in a classroom. Students in this degree program may enroll in courses such as Digital Writing, Public Relations, and Management Writing.

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Bachelor of Arts in English with Creative Writing

The University of Houston offers an Online Bachelor of Art in English with Creative Writing. The career opportunities for students who complete this degree are as vast as they are endless. Students can find opportunities in both the public and private sector with positions in law, web design, and publishing. In pursuit of this degree, students enroll in courses such as Literature and Culture, Workplace Presentations, and Studies in Poetry. The Workplace Presentations course is particularly helpful in tying the classroom to the real world professional experience. Students learn to create and give presentations by clearly communicating information in multimedia mediums. Students graduate with the ability to critically analyze various texts and develop unique ideas grounded in evidence. This program is built to develop the critical skills needed for workplace success.

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Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing or Professional Writing

The University of Central Florida in Orlando offers both a Bachelors in Creative Writing or Professional Writing Degrees Online. The idea behind each of these online degree programs emphasizes student engagement through the development of writing skills. These degree programs require a minimum of 120 units for completion. Students will combine theory, practice, and technique during their pursuit of this degree. UCF also features a student support center online. The intuitive system allows students to address issues, stay organized with checklists, and seek out tutoring. The online support system is robust, designed specifically for those who attend the degree programs virtually.  

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Arizona State University-Tempe offers an Online Bachelor of Art in English degree program. This program is designed with the idea that students have full control over their curriculum. During that time, students develop written, oral, and analytic skills that create the foundation for exploration and problem-solving in the professional world. Students are expected to complete 120 credits to graduate while maintaining a 2.0 GPA. The online program also touts its enrollees as a community rather than merely classmates. The English department drives learning through collaboration by promoting conversation and discussion to enhance individual analysis.

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An online creative writing degree can help you gain the skills and resources you need to become a professional writer — from publishing works of fiction to applying your talents in the business world. If you go on to earn your master's degree in creative writing or English , you may bring home even more. 

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List Of Accredited Online Creative Writing Schools

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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a large, private institution that offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing & English . This BA program has four concentration options: (1) Fiction, (2) Nonfiction, (3) Poetry, and (4) Screenwriting. Each concentration requires 120 credits and can be completed in four years with a full-time schedule. This program focuses on teaching students about adaptability, creativity, persuasion, and social perceptiveness, encouraging graduates to pursue any writing career they desire. Some core courses in this program include Context of Writing: Writers/Publishing, The English Language, and Shakespeare. Graduates may go on to work as authors, editors, copywriters, and journalists.

At SNHU Online, students use Brightspace to access their online coursework, which is fully online and synchronous.

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Liberty University (LU) is a private, Christian university with a Bachelor of Science in English and Writing - Creative Writing . This online degree requires 120 credit hours, which full-time students complete in three-and-a-half years on average. Overall, LU accepts 50% of its applicants, while 34% of students at LU graduate.

Canvas is the school's learning management system, which students use to complete their online coursework 100% online and on a schedule that meets their needs. This program explores the history of literature, including historical authors, as well as advanced grammar, technical writing, and critical thinking. The majority of credits go toward the core curriculum — including classes such as American Realism and Naturalism, Modern Grammar, and Composition and Literature — with each course being taught from a Christian perspective. Additional credits are required for the senior capstone project. Jobs for graduates may include a variety of roles, such as professional bloggers, writers, or editors.

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Full Sail University (FS) is a large, private university that offers an online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing requiring 120 credit hours. The program takes 29 months to complete with a full-time schedule. The curriculum focuses on exploring genres, researching publication methods, and honing the craft through portfolio courses and workshops. Some core classes in this major include Storytelling in the Entertainment & Media Industries, Literary Techniques and Story Development, and Developing New Worlds: Environment and Historical Research.

At FS, students receive a Launchbox, which includes a computer, Full Sail’s custom learning system, and professional software to finish their coursework, which is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning styles.

University of Central Florida

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public university that hosts an online Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing . In order to graduate, students must complete 120 credit hours, which is typically done within four years. UCF's acceptance rate is 45%, with 72% of students graduating.

Online students at UCF use Canvas to complete their coursework, which is delivered online and in an asynchronous format. The curriculum guides students through aspects of writing, such as rhetoric, communication, and literary structure. While attending classes remotely, students examine works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to assist students in composing their own pieces. There are a number of required courses, such as Creative Writing for English Majors, Theories and Techniques of Literature Study, and Theory and Practice of Creative Writing. Graduates may find employment as copywriters, journalists, and technical writers.

Regent University Online

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Regent University Online (RU) is a private, Christian institution that features an online Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing requiring a minimum of 120 credit hours. Typically, the completion time for this degree is around four years for full-time students. Of all the students that apply to RU, exactly half of the applicants are accepted into a program. Then, they have a 30% graduation rate.

At RU, students use Canvas as their learning platform, where courses are delivered fully online and asynchronously. The core curriculum for this program teaches students the most relevant forms of modern writing, such as media, web, fiction, and business — alongside a historical view of literature throughout Britain and the United States. Here are three examples of required courses: The Art of the Essay, Shakespeare, and Literature of the United States: Beginnings to the Civil War. Students must also complete an Advanced Independent Study. Graduates may find work in marketing, public relations, and commercial fiction, to name a few possibilities.

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Central Washington University (CWU) is a medium-sized, public institution. CWU offers an online Bachelor of Arts in English - Professional and Creative Writing requiring 180 credits. Students can finish this program in about four years with a full-time schedule, which includes a practicum course. Options for the practicum course are working for the student newspaper or magazine, completing an internship, or editing the student literary journal. Courses include Rhetoric for Professional Writers, Multi-Genre Writing Workshop, and Research Methods for Workplace Writers. CWU graduates go on to work for businesses, agencies, publications, government offices, and nonprofit organizations.

At CWU, students use Canvas to access their coursework, which is all online.

Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University (TTU) is a large, public institution that offers an online Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing requiring 120 credit hours. Students can graduate in four years with a full-time schedule and work in various fields — such as education, government, and business — or they can continue their studies with a graduate degree. This program prepares students with classes such as Heroes and Anti-Heroes, Studies in Literary Topics, and Language & Community. Additionally, this program has a Communication Literacy Requirement, which can be completed with three courses.

At TTU, students use Blackboard to access their coursework. Students can take classes completely online, and they are taught synchronously.

Which Degree Is Best for Writers?

Students interested in writing careers may pursue a creative writing bachelor's degree online to hone their craft through virtual lectures, readings, and collaborative writing workshops. While an English degree may require more intensive literature study, a creative writing major online or in person aims to equip graduates with the critical skills to analyze, interpret, and create content in a multimedia culture.

A creative writing online degree involves taking general education classes and a university’s core requirements. Professional writers of various genres often lead workshops where students review each other's work and provide feedback. To diversify students’ writing, a program’s curriculum may be somewhat broad — including classes in scriptwriting, editing, journalism, screenwriting, and poetry. While working toward this degree, students may build a robust portfolio of their creative work by practically applying their skills.

Standard admission requirements for a creative writing degree online include the following:

How Long Is a Creative Writing Degree?

Online degrees in writing are treated the same as any other bachelor's level program: Students study for approximately four years in order to finish 120 credit hours. Keep in mind, this is while maintaining a full-time study schedule. Some programs may offer accelerated tracks, which include summer courses, to shorten the overall time it takes to earn the degree.

Is Creative Writing a BA or BS?

Online colleges for creative writing often offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA). These focus more on fields in the arts and humanities and involve core courses in critical thinking and communication. They include subjects like philosophy, language, and education.

Some online schools for creative writing may consider their degree a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), which encourages students to study the practice of creative writing as an art form and to discover their own unique artistic voice.

Conversely to BAs and BFAs, a Bachelor of Science (BS) involves more quantitative teaching using science and mathematics.

Are Online Degrees Respected?

Online degrees are respected for many reasons. However, one of the most important reasons is accreditation. The best online creative writing bachelor's degree programs will be accredited by national or institutional authorities — such as the Council for Higher Education Accreditation . They evaluate whether a school meets the federal standard of a quality education in a process.


Use the U.S. Department of Education’s search tool to verify that an online school for writing has accreditation status before enrolling.

This quality assurance process proves that a school has an adequate amount of faculty, resources, and other facilities to conduct academic programs. Furthermore, in-person and online students must attend accredited schools to qualify for federal financial aid , such as student loans and scholarships . This stamp of approval also makes transferring credits between schools possible, especially if students hope to pursue online MFAs or other master's writing degree programs.

Common Online Courses for Creative Writing Students

A creative writing degree covers many specialties under the umbrella of liberal arts , so a variety of courses are often offered.

The coursework helps students develop soft skills, which include critical thinking, situation analysis, and the ability to communicate across various media interfaces.

The best online colleges for creative writing prepare students for careers producing fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction. Programs may also offer internships that allow students to earn additional credits and gain practical experience.

Below is a diverse sampling of classes offered across the programs in our rankings list above:

Advanced Poetry Writing

This online course delves into poetic form and technique, such as voice development and what makes a poem engaging. The faculty guides students to explore their emotional truth, which is at the heart of writing poetry.

Fiction Workshop

Students share their work with peers and receive feedback through collaborative workshop sessions. The coursework allows students to explore the complexities of fiction writing, from developing characters and plots to maintaining concise prose throughout.

Forms and Techniques of Fiction

In this class, students learn how to analyze and imitate principal works of fiction in order to gain a historical understanding of the creative process.


Students study the process and elements of playwriting, including character, plot, and conflict development. Students should become familiar with thinking and writing engaging dialogue, film scriptwriting, character building, three-act structures, plot points, and formatting techniques.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

Prospective fiction writers discover the rules and tools associated with writing sci-fi and fantasy. Based on prompts provided by the faculty, students develop their poetic language by writing short stories that evoke a sense of horror and convey alternate realities.

Storytelling in Film and Literature

Overall, this course encourages students to explore narrative techniques and how they transpose to film. Students also investigate political, social, and aesthetic issues in narratives.

Careers with a Creative Writing Degree

An online degree in creative writing can prepare students for a breadth of professional writing opportunities, from scientific to speech writing. Areas of focus can vary significantly within creative writing careers, depending on an individual’s career goals and experience. For example, an online bachelor’s degree in creative writing can prepare students for career paths in new media editing and copywriting, advertising, public relations, and publishing.

Some writers want more flexibility and may choose to be self-employed. Freelance writers sell their stories to media outlets or contract with organizations in order to write through various mediums, such as web content. Freelancers usually charge by the word but may also charge hourly or by the piece.

Below are some other popular career paths for those with an online creative writing bachelor's degree:

Editors review content for grammatical and spelling errors, rewrite text to improve comprehension, evaluate writer submissions, and work closely with writers to develop their content.


Journalists research stories and ideas, conduct interviews, and write articles for publication in a variety of media outlets. They analyze and convey information in a way that’s easy for a general audience to understand.

Public Relations Specialists

Public relations specialists write press releases and speeches to help business leaders communicate effectively. In general, they help build and maintain an organization's public image.

Technical Writers

Technical writers , such as medical and scientific writers, develop user-friendly product descriptions, instructions, and other forms of content across various media platforms. While certification is often not mandatory, it can be attractive to potential employers.

Is Writing a Stable Career?

The stability of a career in writing ultimately depends on the direction the writer chooses to go. For example, content writing for websites can be a very lucrative and stable career path because it offers nearly unlimited job opportunities on the internet. Screenwriting, on the other hand, may be considered less stable because your opportunities are limited to the amount of scripts that production companies can accept.

Furthermore, this particular career path is incredibly competitive with only 6,100 writers in film and TV reporting earnings, as per the 2021 Writers Guild of America West's Annual Financial Report . Writers overall, however, can expect a 4% job growth into 2030 — which is the average job growth for all U.S. occupations.

Associations for Creative Writing Students

Several well-known writers' associations provide professional development and networking opportunities. These associations support writers by providing communities for them to connect, share best practices, develop skills, and search for employment. A wide range of associations exist for various genres of literature, such as the Academy of American Poets , Mystery Writers of America , and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators .

Below are several prominent writing associations in the U.S.:

Authors' Guild (AG)

One of the country's oldest writers' associations, the AG, supports working writers of all genres by providing a community for them that promotes networking. The AG not only provides a sense of belonging for writers but also advocates for their rights by ensuring that they are paid, treated well, and protected — especially their freedom of speech.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

The AWP provides support, advocacy, and resources for a community of nearly 50,000 writers. According to its mission, AWP “amplifies the voices of writers and the academic programs and organizations that serve them while championing diversity and excellence in creative writing.” Importantly, the AWP is also the governing body that evaluates MFA programs to ensure that they consistently provide high quality education.

National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE)

The NAIWE supports freelance writers of all kinds — including novelists, business writers, editors, and academic writers — by providing best practice guidance, networking opportunities, and writers' resources. NAIWE's primary mission is to help writers develop multiple income streams by connecting them with freelance opportunities.

Is It Worth Getting a Degree in Creative Writing?

An online bachelor's degree in creative writing can be helpful for developing a student’s voice and providing a way for prospective writers to acquire the tools and techniques of the trade. The ability to write thoughtfully and clearly is valued across all fields and industries, making this degree path worthwhile for many. However, if a student's primary desire is to become a published author, that cannot be guaranteed with a degree. Being a published author not only takes skill but also talent, experience, and a bit of luck.

Ultimately, to determine the value of a Bachelor of Creative Writing online, students should consider their personal, financial, and professional goals. The following presents several pros and cons involved with earning an online bachelor's degree in creative writing:

Potential Benefits

Writing skills are transferable to a wide range of careers. Creative thinking and written communication skills are two of the top ten skills employers desire , regardless of the position. Organizations need employees who are articulate in both speech and writing. They are looking for people who can develop a strong argument and think outside the box. For example, if a job requires updating social media or corresponding through email, a creative writing degree could prove an asset.

A degree program provides opportunities for networking. Students can connect with peers and mentors in the field — including authors, editors, and even publishers — throughout their program. Networking can help students navigate the publishing world, share advice and knowledge, and learn from the experience of others.

Students can build a substantial writing portfolio. Through coursework and projects, students develop a diverse body of work, which they can later present to prospective employers.

Potential Drawbacks

Completing course assignments may feel particularly restrictive to creative writers. Since the coursework in a creative writing program is intended to meet programmatic outcomes and objectives, it’s often highly specific. This focus removes some of the enjoyment, freedom, and inspiration from the writing process. Also, students may be required to write about topics that hold no interest for them.

Writer's burnout is a common phenomenon. Due to the imaginative nature of writing, a kind of creative burnout can arise that other professionals don't necessarily have to grapple with. This type of stress often involves decreased motivation and a harmful internal dialogue that prohibits productivity. To avoid writer’s burnout, writers need self-discipline and organizational skills to effectively manage their time.

Some writing careers may not be financially sustainable. Writers who specialize in specific areas, such as technical writing or public relations, have above-average salary prospects and earn median annual salaries of $78,060 and $62,800, respectively. On the other hand, poets, freelancers, and fiction writers may not be able to rely on creative writing as their primary source of income.

Studying and writing from home may offer more flexibility and comfort than being on a busy campus and adhering to a rigid schedule. Since writing is often a reflective, solitary activity requiring uninterrupted attention, online coursework may make it easier for writers to focus.

Bottom Line

The best online creative writing degree helps prepare students by encouraging them to develop the necessary skills to gain professional employment in direct writing roles as well as other professions — such as public relations specialist or publisher — which don't exclusively involve writing. While career stability declines when it comes to more creative writing, such as screenwriting or poetry, an online bachelor's degree in English creative writing will still teach valuable communication strategies, along with creative and critical thinking skills.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing may decide to continue their education by pursuing a graduate degree, such as an online master's in creative writing . Advanced education prepares students to teach at the collegiate level or gain highly sophisticated writing skills, which can be essential when trying to get published.

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The 30 Best Online Schools for Bachelor’s in Writing for 2023

On average, writers and authors earn roughly $63,200 per year in the U.S. There is a writer for every story line. You see content every day from billboards to newspapers to your social media timeline. Each writer carries with them a specialization. The creative composition develops the imagination using a play of words in:

Technical writers are essential in creating product manuals and brochures to guide consumers about a particular product or procedure. Journalists craft stories governed by logic and fact-driven details so readers would understand those stories locally or globally. In digital marketing, your ability to write bridges business with consumers; hence, this may boost receptivity with employers .

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Regardless of the genre and specialization, writers need to start somewhere. Colleges and universities offer English degrees with a writing concentration if you’re aiming to make a professional career in this industry. Getting involved in workshops and short courses could boost your exposure to writing, composition and grammar, literature, editing, and publishing.

The brick-and-mortar educational institutions offer seasonal short courses and seminars where students can learn on a part-time basis. With the landscape shifting to digital marketing and web content, aspiring and traditional writers are updating their education by taking a writing program online so as not to sacrifice current commitments.

Best Online Schools for Bachelor’s in Writing


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Accredited institutions offer online degrees in writing for working individuals and distant students. In this global village, it is easier to access materials and learning platforms 24/7. It’s also good to note that most courses offered online are given as “self-paced” where students can set aside a scheduled learning session per week.

Intervals usually come in 4 to 8-week sessions per course. Undergraduate degree programs in Writing are available entirely online or cohort platforms. Because businesses need writers, it’s essential that you obtain the right training and education to excel in your preferred niche.

Our 30 Best Online Schools for Bachelor’s in Writing catalogs the academic institutions all over the United States that stand out from the rest in their programs. These top-flight schools offer a Writing degree in an online format to allow distance learners to fit their study schedules around their personal and professional life.

All the online schools on this list present the program features that demonstrate academic strength.

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Online BA in English-Creative Writing

From the College of Arts and Humanities is an online Bachelor of Arts in English – Creative Writing suitable for aspiring writers in the prose, poetry, and story-telling. You will develop the imagination and skills in rhetoric communication and developing poignant arguments.

You will be able to analyze and think critically in writing your content, whether fiction or non-fiction. This 120-credit hour program can be accomplished in within two to four years with shorter learning duration for those eligible for credit transfers.

Start earning your Bachelor of Arts in English-Creative Writing in UCF today.

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Online BA in English, Technical, and Professional Writing

Indiana University East’s online Bachelor of Arts in English, Technical, and Professional Writing is suitable for individuals with prior learning credits or an associate’s degree in writing.

If you’re looking for a career shift into writing, this 60-credit hour will get you into an accelerated class where you will develop critical thinking in creating technical content for various media platforms such as:

Military education benefits are also available for active members of the armed forces and veterans.

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Online BS in Liberal Arts

For military personnel and veterans, this Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with specialization in Professional and Technical Writing is dedicated for the busy servicemen looking to earn a writing degree online.

With military training, you may be eligible for credit transfers of up to 117 credits. Integrating your experience into the program , you will develop skills in writing that will help you advance your proficiency in the field of business, allied health, or military.

Start your journey as a professional and technical writer career at Excelsior University .

Missouri State University

Online BS in Professional Writing or Online BA in Professional Writing

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing and Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing are programs in MSU that cater to those aspiring to work as writers, project managers, and editors. You will encounter topics on:

Students with college credits in writing may ask the school administrator how to go about with their credit transfers to get into an accelerated learning format. An accelerated learning program helps cut down time and resources to earning a degree.

Be an expert-level writer. Earn your Professional Writing degree journey at MSU .

University of Iowa

Online Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) – Creative Writing

The University of Iowa’s Bachelor of Applied Studies with emphasis on Creative Writing will help you develop three core skills for effective writing:

Created for individual pursuing a full degree, this 18-semester-hour program will help you develop skills in the areas of poetry, fiction writing, playwriting, and professional and creative business communication.

Tuition costs may vary for out-of-state students and distant learners .

Stand out of the writers’ crowd by enrolling in the online Writing program at University of Iowa .

Arizona State University - Skysong

Online BS in Technical Communication

With 40 total classes integrated in 7.5 weeks per session classes, this fully online Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication helps the busy worker earn the desired degree in writing. This 120-credit hour program offers training in the fundamentals of writing and writing for traditional and modern platforms. You will encounter topics on:

Scholarship opportunities may be available for residents taking this class.

Be a skilled technical writer. Enroll today in ASU-Skysong’s online Writing degree program.

University of Arkansas Little Rock

Online BA in Professional & Technical Writing

The University of Arkansas-Little Rock offers a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing is a 120-credit hour program that can be earned entirely online. Students enrolled in this degree have two concentrations to choose from; technical writing and non-fiction. Some of the courses found in the non-fiction specialization are:

As for the technical writing specialization, you will usually encounter topics about writing for business and government, persuasive writing, digital technology, reasoning, and legal writing, publishing your work, writing content using digital platforms, and grant writing.

Earn your writing degree at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock .

Nicholls State University

Online BA in English

Students aspiring to become professional writers can look into the Bachelor of Arts English program in Nicholls. Depending on your chosen expertise in writing, there are three concentrations to choose from:

If your focus is into non-fiction, editing, poetry, TV and film, and publishing, then taking a concentration in Creative Writing should be a suitable choice. Writing and Rhetoric concentration leans more on technical and business writing. Literary studies would be fit for individuals who are looking to develop multi-variant writing skill.

Choose this exceptional writing course at Nicholls State University online .

Regent University

Online BA in Communication Studies-Professional and Technical Writing

The online Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies-Professional and Technical Writing at Regent University will help you refine your writing in communicating technical content to non-technical readers.

This program is a 120-credit given in 8-week sessions to develop your skills in writing creative fiction to feature writing. Expect tuition costs to range $395 to $450 per credit hour. Credit transfers may be accepted but subject for evaluation.

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University of Colorado-Denver

Online BA in English Writing, Rhetoric & Technology

For full-time students looking to earn a writing degree, the Bachelor of Arts in English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology is the right choice. Topics include:

You can also take advantage of financial assistance and scholarships from this institution.

Develop outstanding writing skills at the University of Colorado-Denver online .

Southern New Hampshire University

Online BA in Creative Writing & English

If you’re fascinated with storytelling, then you can take the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English online. You can choose from the following specializations:

If you earned an associate’s degree in writing or have previous college credits, you can transfer up to 90 credits to your program. A fast-track program may be accessible to eligible individuals who already took some of the courses. Military personnel and veterans can also enjoy discounted fees or educational benefits.

Be the best writing professional you can be. Enroll in Southern New Hampshire University’s Creative Writing program .


Online BA-Professional Writing

For adult learners wanting to hone their writing skills can take the online Bachelor of Arts with emphasis on Professional Writing. This serves as an excellent option for students who have been out of high school for more than four years and want to go back to college and earn a degree.

Your real-world experience, training, and workshop may be accepted as credits and added to this program.

Join the West Virginia University online Writing program .

Minnesota State University - Mankato

This Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication is recommended for students from nearby states looking to pursue a career in creating content for:

With 37 credits, your previous college credits or associate’s degree credits may be used in earning a full-degree. You may also discuss with your faculty supervisor how to go about with an internship opportunity .

Learn to effectively communicate content to your readers by earning a Technical Communication degree at MNSU-Mankato

Central Washington University

Online BA-English: Professional & Creative Writing

If you have a prior learning experience in the field of writing, taking the online Bachelor of Arts – English: Professional and Creative Writing may help you further enhance this skill. It’s a 74-degree curriculum for a student who’d want to obtain proficiency in:

Topics include English grammar, advanced poetry writing, fiction writing, creative non-fiction writing, and grant writing. Previous learning credits may be recommended as part of your application requirement. Full-time students can complete this curriculum within two years.

Become a professional writer. Enroll at Central Washington University.

National University

Online Bachelor’s in English-Creative Writing

The Bachelor’s in English with a focus on Creative Writing is an online degree you can earn on a part-time basis. Delivered in 4-week sessions with one subject at a time, this curriculum teaches you to analyze literature and expand your critical thinking in studying prominent writers, movements, and events of British and American literature.

Military personnel shifting to a writing career may also take advantage of the educational benefits off this program.

Get the best education for your future writing profession. Attend the online Writing degree program at National University.

Old Dominion University

Online BS in Interdisciplinary Studies-Professional Writing

If you’re a managerial position and want to polish your communication skills through written content, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies – Professional Writing part-time.

This curriculum covers essential topics on interdisciplinary theory and concepts, technical writing, and digital writing. This 120-credit hour coursework may also be open for military training or experience credit transfers . Financial aid programs and grants are offered to qualified students .

Excel in your profession as a writer and enroll at Old Dominion University.


Online BA – Professional Writing

Individuals looking to polish their writing schools may want to look into this institution’s Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Professional Writing. This 120-credit, fully online program touches topics on:

Graduates of this degree may land prolific careers in advertising, freelance writing, or advertising.

Enroll in a  Professional Writing degree at the University of Memphis.


Students taking the Bachelor of Arts in English online will help you refine your analytical skills in composition and evaluation of literature. Built on a strong Christian foundation, expect lectures to be imbued with a Christian approach to studying literature and practice in real-world settings.

This is an ideal curriculum to take if you’ve taken previous learning courses or an associate’s degree in writing and looking to fulfill a professional degree. Students can graduate from this program within 16 months with a full-time study.

Enroll at California Baptist University’s online English degree program .

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Online BA – Writing

The Bachelor of Arts with Writing Concentration offers flexibility where working adults can create their program and use credits from your previous college education , training, and experience. You can ask the faculty supervisor to have your transcripts and training assessed for a fast-track curriculum. Expect fees to range from $390 to $475 per credit.

Take the right direction towards becoming a professional writer. Earn a Writing degree program at the University of Massachusetts online .

Antioch University

Online BA in Liberal Studies, Literature, and Creative Writing

If you’re looking for an element of writing in a liberal arts degree, then the online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Literature, and Creative Writing might be suitable for your needs. Aside from learning and analyzing literature, this program teaches you to communicate ideas effectively to your target audience.

This 120-credit hour curriculum is composed of topics in:

Students with previous educational credits and training may be eligible for credit transfers and get into a fast-track program.

Get the most out of your degree with Antioch University’s Creative online Writing program.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Online BS in Liberal Studies-Writing

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies: Writing Concentration program hones your critical thinking in understanding literature and expressing insights through the written word. This is a multi-faceted program for students who’d like to learn more on the fundamentals of:

From here, you will develop the right mindset to create unique contents. This program would also make a good jumping board for those planning to pursue a more dedicated program in Writing offered on-campus.

Learn more about the online Writing degree at Clarion University .

Eastern Oregon University

Online BA in English/Writing

For working adults, the Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing is a fully online program that lets you earn your degree at your own pace. Distance learners would be able to learn the fundamentals of:

You will cover topics such as English literature and various multi-faceted writing. The online degree cost is around $240 per credit. Financial aids, scholarships, and credit transfers may be applicable depending on your location and eligibility.

Design your future writing career at Eastern Oregon University’s writing program .

University of Houston Victoria

Online BA in Humanities-Creative Writing

The online Bachelor of Arts in Humanities-Creative Writing is suited for students with prior education and would like to take a teaching career or prepare for graduate school. The main components of this program are:

It touches on cultural sensitivity and communicating insights through written content. Throughout the curriculum, you get to learn from award-winning authors such as Saba Razvi and Dagoberto Gilb.

Earn your online Creative Writing degree at the University of Houston-Victoria .

american public university

Online BA in English-Writing

Most suitable for active members of the armed forces planning to jump into a writing career , the Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing might be an ideal choice. You can convert your previous learning experience or training as credit transfer of up to 90 credits. This will be a perfect program if you’re looking to polish your:

Veterans may also avail of significant educational benefits to help them pursue a different career or enhance their writing skills.

Excel in your craft. Enroll in American Public University’s online English degree .

University of Maine Presque Isle

The Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing provides in-depth teaching on understanding and applying the English language effectively and compellingly. It’s a curriculum intended for students with little to no experience in professional writing. You will be exposed to:

Credit transfers, scholarships, and financial assistance are available for eligible students.

Be a professional writer and enroll in the University of Maine-Presque Isle online writing program .

Grand Canyon University

Online BA in English Professional Writing

Focusing on ethics and cultural sensitivity, the Bachelor of Arts in English Professional Writing teaches students how to effectively get the message across from the writer to the reader. Students will be prepared to communicate ideas in:

The courses will be given in 8-week sessions and can be completed within two to four years of full-time study.

Get started with your online professional Writing degree at Grand Canyon University .

full sail university

Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment

Catered explicitly for individuals pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment blends visual elements into your storytelling.

This program will hone your craft in creating rich characters and compelling stories . Focusing on creative writing, you will focus on:

Complete this degree in as short as 29 months entirely online .

Learn more about Full Sail University’s online Creative Writing for Entertainment program .

Champlain College

Online BS in Professional Writing

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing is dedicated to helping students develop a solid foundation of writing across multiple genres. You can choose one from three specializations:

Students can choose from electives such as magazine and publishing, reading and writing in genre, playwriting, and transmedia storytelling. This program has a unique feature where you can customize your major and add a specialization in Screenwriting.

Discover your best potential with Champlain College’s Professional Writing degree .


Online BS in English and Writing

At Liberty University, students can enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in English and Writing program that is geared towards busy adults looking to earn a professional career in writing. This 120-credit hour online degree features courses on:

Credit transfers of up to 75% are acceptable for eligible participants. Taught in 8-week sessions, this online writing degree can be accomplished within three to four years of full-time study.

Get more details and enroll at Liberty University’s online English & Writing program .

webster university

Online BA in Media Communications-Journalism

The Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications with a concentration in Journalism teaches students how to use language to communicate ideas or inspire readers. You will familiarize the critical aspects of communications and cover topics such as:

This 128-credit hour program can be accomplished within three to four years of full-time study. Internships are available for interested participants within and nearby states.

Don’t miss the opportunity to earn your online Writing degree at Webster University .

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What do I need to consider before taking a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing?

Unlike the Industrial Revolution, modern employers are looking for highly competent and multi-skilled employees. And just like traditional schools, using an online platform has its struggles.

Check your schedule .

It’s wise to take a good look into your schedule first and see if taking a part-time class is achievable. What you’d want here is to maximize time and effort without sacrificing your current work. The success of this program will depend on your dedication to it. If you have family and kids, it might be best to plan your schedule with your spouse. If your current schedule is a bit hectic, re-consider taking an associate’s degree first and move forward to earning a full-degree later.

De-clutter your environment.

Distraction can be a root cause for putting off work sometime later. The battle does not always belong to the swiftest but to the one who endures to the end. Create a space where you can study. The room must be well lit and must be avoided. Avoid looking through social media during study time and only answer calls when it’s vital. Keeping a routine will also help develop your discipline to focus time and energy on studying.

Assess your financial capacity.

Is there enough allocation to meet your family or personal needs? Your finances must be in order before enrolling in the program.

Out-of-state students often pay a higher fee compared to in-state tuition fees. However, selected institutions offer flat rates for their online degrees regardless of which state they reside. Credit costs often range between $280 to $750—that’s $33,000 to $90,000 overall tuition cost. 

Other expenses such as technology fee, clinical courses, assessment fees, exam proctoring, and travel and accommodation fees (applicable for students with internship programs within the state) may also be expected.

If a student loan isn’t an option for you, look into government-funded financial assistance. Active servicemen and veterans looking to transition to a writing career may ask for military education benefits from their preferred school. If your company offers a Work-Study program , you may want to take advantage of this to cut down education costs.

Evaluate your learning environment.

An online program is ideal for self-starters. Unlike traditional schools, online classes require you to set schedules and learn at your own pace. Courses are usually given in 4 to 8-week intervals so you’ll need the discipline to learn and submit assignments on time. But like traditional classrooms, you will still have interactions with your teachers and peers. However, you’ll be interacting online and won’t always be receiving an immediate response to your queries.

Know the possible travel costs.

Some online programs for writing are not given entirely online. Some degrees may require you to take an internship program on-campus so expect to set aside a few dollars for this. Before locking in for enrollment, ask your administrator if your chosen degree will require you to take an internship in their state institution.

Remember that you will have no physical interaction with your fellow online learners.

Unlike traditional schools offering after-school activities, online campuses don’t have these unless you’re taking this in a cohort platform. It’s highly suggested that individuals who are pursuing a degree in writing are truly serious about succeeding. Earning a degree from an online campus may not appeal much to participants who are fresh out of school.

What is the coursework of an online Bachelor’s in Writing program?

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Online courses for an undergraduate degree specializing in writing usually take two to four years to complete. For students with prior learning credits, this learning period may be cut shorter. A bachelor’s degree in writing will usually earn you 120-credits after graduation.

Your preferred school should be among the list of accredited online schools in the U.S Department of Education. You’d want to avoid ‘fly by night’ schools offering low-cost online degrees hence the necessity to investigate for credentials.

Furthermore, accredited institutions allow for easier transfer of credits. Distant learners outside the U.S looking to transfer credits may pursue further assessment from the enrollment department during application. Military, training, and work experience credits may be acceptable in selected schools.

Most undergraduate degrees in writing are often concentrated in the technical and creative writing areas. Technical writing curricula may involve organization of documents for professional content spreads. Proper grammar usage, editing methods, digital marketing, and the use of digital technology to write and publish content may be expected.

Workshops such as composing original content and integration of literature and non-fiction coursework may also be common. One to three credits off your curriculum include the capstone experience, such as creating a comprehensive written portfolio.

Here are some of the majors you’ll likely encounter for a Bachelor’s degree in writing:

What are the possible careers available after earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Writing?

Employers are willing to pay for writers who have high competence in writing specific or multi-faceted content. However, certain specializations have better earning opportunities than others. Here are some options you can look into after earning your Bachelor’s degree in writing:

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Is earning a bachelor’s degree in Writing a versatile degree for today?

Yes, a bachelor’s degree in Writing can be a very versatile degree. It can open up various career paths in fields such as journalism, advertising, public relations, copywriting, editing, publishing, and technical writing. You can also pursue a graduate degree in Writing or a related field, such as Creative Writing, to further your career options.

Is there a job demand for graduates with a Bachelor of Writing degree?

Yes, there is a job demand for graduates with a Bachelor of Writing degree. There is a growing demand for writers and editors in the digital media and marketing fields, as well as in traditional publishing, corporate communications, and public relations.

Additionally, many employers seek out writers with experience in a specific field, such as healthcare, finance, or legal services.

Creative Writing, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at New England College blends curriculum built around a workshop-focused classroom approach with a wide ranging set of hands-on and individually guided practicum opportunities.

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Emphasizing the creative community as an essential element of any creative endeavor, the Creative Writing Department is comprised of energetic and engaging faculty –published and active in their field—who are dedicated to the one-on-one availability that distinguishes an NEC education. With a focus on individual transformation, the Creative Writing program bolsters and broadens existing areas of interest as opposed to shepherding students toward a singular aesthetic. The result is a knowledge-based, experiential course of study with an eye on flowering rather than funneling.

The goal of the Creative Writing major at New England College is to prepare students for a professional writing career and/or to prepare students for graduate work in the creative arts.

Students will approach Creative Writing as a craft‐based discipline rooted in the study of literature and writing. Through genre workshops and literature courses, students will gain the analytical, critical and creative skills necessary to develop an informed practice of craft and, as a result, produce original works grounded in the historical and theoretical knowledge of the discipline. In this context, the Creative Writing curriculum emphasizes the authenticity and integrity of public voice.

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Professional Opportunities

Creative Writing students go on to be successful in a broad spectrum of professional arenas. The strength of a creative writing background—in combination with the practical, hands-on education unique to the Creative Writing program at NEC—affords students opportunities ranging from freelance writing to publishing to careers in law and higher education. In addition, engagement in community-based activities as a Creative Writing major gives students the chance to create strong and lasting connections.

Andrew Morgan

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

Professor, Creative Writing Office: Spaulding, Henniker Campus Phone 603.428.2349 Email: [email protected]

Andrew Morgan is a poet and fiction writer who has been teaching at New England College for the last 15 years. He has been the recipient of a Slovenian Writer’s Association Fellowship which sponsored a month long writing residency in the country’s capital city of Ljubljana and his recent work can be found in magazines such as Conduit , Stride , Fairy Tale Review , Pleiades , Divine Magnet , Post Road , and New World Writing . His first book, Month of Big Hands was published by Natural History Press in 2013. Morgan teaches in both the undergraduate as well as graduate creative writing programs.

Jennifer Militello

ba in creative writing online

Program Director, MFA in Creative Writing Office: Spaulding 203, Henniker Campus Phone: 603.428.2309 Email: [email protected] Professional Website:

Recent Press

Other notable press:

Educational Background PhD, Bath Spa University MFA, University of North Carolina Greensboro BA, University of New Hampshire

Bio Jennifer Militello is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction, including, most recently,  The Pact and  Knock Wood , winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. Her work has been called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly and “contemplative and fascinating” by Booklist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has called her “one of the best poets of her generation.”

Her work appears in such journals as  American Poetry Review ,  The Nation ,  The New Republic ,  The Paris Review ,  Ploughshares ,  POETRY , and  Tin House , as well as in  Best American Poetry ,  Best New Poets , and Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award, the Yeats Poetry Prize, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, the Betty Gabehart Prize, and the 49th Parallel Award, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Militello taught at Brown University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Rhode Island School of Design before joining the faculty at New England College. She lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Learn more about New England College’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Maura MacNeil

Professor, Creative Writing Office: Spaulding 204, Henniker Campus Phone 603.428.2304 Email: [email protected]

Expertise, Awards, and Recent Press Awards:

Founder/Editor: off the margins,

Educational Background MFA, Vermont College of the Arts BA, New England College

Research Interests

Bio Maura MacNeil is a professor, writer, and editor who is the author of the poetry collections. Her poetry, prose, and critical writing have been published and anthologized both nationally and internationally in numerous publications. She is the founder and editor of Off the Margins, a website “that pushes the boundaries of language, conventional form, blended genre, and prose flash, featuring women writers who fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” Her poetry has been nominated four times for the prestigious Pushcart Award. She was a founding member of the Stone Bridge Poetry Project and co-founder and editor of Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas and currently serves on the board of the Monadnock Writers’ Group. She is committed to community-based creative collaboration and is an active presenter for the NH Humanities to Go Program with her program titled “Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories.”

Creative Writing, B.A.


Grades of C‐ or better are required for any course credit to count toward the major in Creative Writing.

(56 Credits)

CW Core Courses:

Cw 1100 - introduction to creative writing, cw 2000 - reading as writer, cw 4300 - senior seminar and topics, en 1930 - survey of american literature i and ii, genre workshops:.

Take three (3) courses from the following list:

CW 2100 - Fiction Workshop

Cw 2110 - poetry workshop, cw 2120 - creative nonfiction workshop.

Advanced Genre Workshops:

Take two (2) courses from the following list:

CO 3120 - Journalism: Feature Writing Workshop

Cw 3100 - advanced fiction workshop, cw 3110 - advanced poetry workshop, cw 3120 - advanced nonfiction workshop.

CW 3140 - Graphic Novel Storytelling

Literary movements:, en 2000 - topics in literary movements, en 2070 (ws 2070) - comparative mythology, en 3000 - advanced topics literary movements, en 3070 (pl 3070) - dystopian literature, en 3950 (th 3950) - shakespeare, th 3420 - play analysis, contemporary literature electives.

Take 8 credits in:

EN 2002 - Topics in Contemporary Literature

Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum, Bachelor's Degree

Las 1000 - bridges to learning, wr 1010 - composition.

or approved LAS Writing Course.

MT 1100 - Quantitative Reasoning

(MT courses numbered higher than 1100 are acceptable)

LAS 1 (LAS 1110) - The Natural Environment - Understanding Our Place in the Natural World

Las 2 (las 1120) - the civic environment - democratic values, las 3 (las 2110) - creative arts, las 4 (las 2120) - social sciences, las 5 (las 2130) - natural and biological sciences, las 6 (las 2140) - humanities, las 7 (las 3110) - global perspectives.

Select additional electives to reach 120 credits for a Bachelor's degree. 

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Liberty's Online Creative Writing Degree

B.S. in English and Writing – Creative Writing

Transfer credits, next start date, your career in creative writing starts now.

Many people write only when they are required to do so for school or work. Many — but not you. Ever since you could read, you knew you had a deeper appreciation for English and writing. Now imagine taking that passion and making it your life’s work. With the proper training and credentials, you can create a career dedicated to an art you love.

Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in English and Writing is designed for writers like you. Our program focuses on providing you with the skills you’ll need for success, like critical thinking, technical writing, literary analysis, and methods of research. And with a specialization in creative writing, you can study what interests you most — creating captivating stories.

Employers today are in need of professionals who have strong writing skills. Whether you use your degree to land an editorial job or become a freelance writer, your ability to use the English language effectively can set you apart. And while you hone your skills through Liberty’s English degree, you’ll be learning under professors who are just as passionate about writing as you are. 

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The requirements to enter an affordable creative writing program vary by school. Creative writing degree-seekers typically must first complete introductory classes in reading and writing literature.

A degree in creative writing typically combines literature coursework with writing workshops. Schools often offer workshops in the students' chosen genres, such as fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Bachelor's degree in creative writing graduates can pursue a master's or MFA in creative writing. Others pursue careers in fields like publishing or education.

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What can you do with a creative writing degree.

A creative writing degree prepares graduates for publishing, editing, or communication careers. They can also work in education or journalism.

Is creative writing a BA or BS?

Most schools offer creative writing as a BA.

How long does it take to get a bachelor's in creative writing?

Full-time students typically complete a bachelor's in creative writing in four years.

Why Get a Degree in Creative Writing?

For students who enjoy writing, a degree in creative writing offers an opportunity to hone their craft. It also helps prepare them for a career that needs strong writing skills. According to Jan. 2022 Payscale data, students with a bachelor's degree in creative writing earn a $58,000 average annual salary .

The flexibility of attending an affordable creative writing program online benefits busy students. They can complete classwork around their full-time job or family responsibilities.

How Much Does a Creative Writing Degree Cost?

The cost of a cheap creative writing program varies by school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics , tuition and fees at public four-year schools averaged $9,349 for the 2019-20 academic year. Out-of-state students paid an average of $27,023. Private schools charged $32,769 on average. Some schools charge all students the same tuition no matter their residency status.

Full-time students should expect to take four years to finish a bachelor's degree in creative writing. Degree-seekers can attend a cheap creative writing program either online or in person. Besides tuition, students might need to cover additional expenses, such as textbooks or technology fees.

Additional Online Student Fees

Earning an online creative writing degree typically costs less than an in-person program. However, online students may need to pay extra fees, such as technology or tech support fees.

Online students might need to visit campus for in-person classes or meetings. They should budget for travel costs. Students should also expect to pay for textbooks and other required class materials.

Finally, students should budget for graduation fees. They may also need to pay for certifications after graduating.

How Much Do Creative Writing Graduates Make?

Possible careers for creative writing majors include freelance writer, editorial assistant, or journalist. Salaries in these fields vary based on the writer's skill and experience.

An advanced degree, such as a master's or MFA, can boost earning potential in the creative writing field. Publication also enhances earning potential and job eligibility.

High-paying jobs in the field include professor, editor, or author. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , writers and authors earn a median annual salary of $67,120. Editors earn a median of $63,400 per year.

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A creative writing degree helps students build writing, editing, and critical reading skills. Students in creative writing programs can pick from fiction, nonfiction, or poetry specializations. Some schools may offer screenwriting or playwriting specializations. Degree-seekers typically take writing classes or workshops, along with literature courses.

Some schools offer creative writing degrees as bachelor's degrees in English with a concentration in creative writing. Such programs tend to feature more literature requirements.

Not every affordable creative writing program offers the classes below. However, the selected course descriptions represent a sample creative writing curriculum.

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Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University is a public institution educating students from its Tahlequah campus. The school offers 29 online programs, allowing students to pursue their degree without relocating. The online bachelor's in creative writing features a curriculum designed to prepare learners for creative writing careers.

In addition to core coursework, degree-seekers in the creative writing program complete advanced classes in field-related topics. Learners gain transferable critical thinking and communication skills, which apply to careers in a variety of fields. The 120-credit bachelor's program typically takes four years for full-time degree-seekers to complete.

The school offers support services, including academic advising and career counseling, for online and on-campus learners. Enrollees with financial need can submit the FAFSA to qualify for federal loans and grants, such as the Pell Grant.

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Adams State University

Adams State University's bachelor's in creative writing prepares online learners to succeed in writing careers. Located in Alamosa, Colorado, the school delivers academic programs on campus. Among the school's 34 available programs are 20 online options for distance students.

The online creative writing program is ideal for individuals who need flexible scheduling options. Working professionals often benefit from the online program's customizable scheduling options. Learners in the online program complete assignments and participate in class discussions virtually. Degree-seekers enrolled full time typically need four years to graduate with a bachelor's.

The school charges online learners affordable tuition rates. Degree-seekers with financial need can apply for federal loans and grants, such as the Pell Grant. Financial aid counselors help students explore funding options.

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Central Washington University

Central Washington University offers an online bachelor's degree in creative writing for busy learners who want to earn their creative writing degree while maintaining employment. Based in Ellensburg, the school educates degree-seekers through high-quality academic programs. The university educates students through 49 programs, all of which are available online.

Learners who need flexible scheduling options can enroll in the creative writing program. The online program's customizable nature is ideal for learners balancing academics with personal and professional obligations. Learners enrolled in the online bachelor's program view lectures and participate in discussions virtually. Undergraduates typically require four years to earn their bachelor's degree.

Affordable tuition rates and institutional funding make pursuing higher education easier for many learners. The institution holds accreditation, which means degree-seekers can submit the FAFSA to receive federal loans and grants, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers financial aid advising to help admitted students identify scholarship and grant opportunities.

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Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University offers an online bachelor of arts in creative writing for busy students who want to earn their creative writing degree while maintaining employment. Learners with personal or professional obligations often benefit from the online creative writing program's flexible scheduling options.

Enrollees can attend classes at Southern New Hampshire University's campus in Manchester. In addition to on-campus offerings, the school delivers 84 online programs. Degree-seekers who want to maintain full-time employment while earning their degree can enroll in one of the institution's 35 online bachelor's programs.

While earning the online bachelor's degree in creative writing, learners complete core major classes to develop a foundation for upper-division coursework. To complete the online bachelor's program, degree-seekers earn at least 120 credits. Enrollees finish a rigorous curriculum and gain field-specific training in creative writing.

The school's support services, including tutoring and academic advising, help learners succeed academically. Online undergraduates can access professional assistance from faculty advisors and career counselors. Financial aid counseling can help students reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

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Narrative throughout time.

In order to work in any creative medium, understanding the various ways in which narrative is used is a great advantage. This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices that have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of media used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for ages. Understanding why will reveal how narrative reflects both the universal and unique aspects of the experience of human life.

Discovering Your Creative Process

The purpose of this class is to break boundaries and rediscover an easy relationship with the inner Muse. You’ll study your own creative process as well as what other artists, writers, and filmmakers have shared about creative inspiration. You’ll also hear from a variety of guest lecturers working in different media and discuss their work, career paths, and creative process.

The Hero in Literature

This course will explore the idea of the hero from antiquity to the present. The hero is a larger than life character whose actions affect the fate of a large community for good, or if a tragic hero, for ill. The hero’s behavior is a model for the ordinary individual. One of the great debates is whether the hero can even exist in the modern world. Among the texts and themes we will follow are: The Odyssey (the Classical Hero), Beowulf (the Germanic Hero), Gawain and the Green Knight (the Medieval Hero), Siddhartha (the Spiritual Hero), and The Bean Trees (the Feminine Hero).

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FOR 206 Writing for Life

In this course, students practice incorporating writing, creative expression, and rest into their everyday life. If find writing daunting, this will make it more approachable for those. And if you already enjoy writing, this will reinforce that experience. The main projects are a daily journal and a personal essay. Optional three-day retreat. (2 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

FOR 207 Myth Forest

When taken literally, mythology appears to be little more than a collection of entertaining stories. However, when approached symbolically, mythology reveals how different cultures relate to the cosmos and to themselves. Gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, demons, and monsters come to represent human emotions, psychological structures, seasonal patterns, laws of nature, and so on. In this course we take small sampling from world mythologies with a focus on their thematic relevance to contemporary life and to consciousness. In addition to applying an archetypal approach to mythology, we also apply principles from the Science and Technology of Consciousness to the narratives. We hold an on-campus star-watching session where we identify constellations from the Egyptian, Greek, and Vedic traditions, accompanied by their corresponding cosmological mythologies. At the end of the course, students select a myth they resonate with and describe how it relates to their own life. (2 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

FOR 208 Little Writing, Big Play

Haiku are small but mighty poems. They can encapsulate the extraordinary and the mundane in three simple lines–the black bead of a bluejay’s eye peering through snow or the cacophony of car horns and jackhammers on a city street. Haiku offer inexperienced and experienced writers alike an opportunity to play with language and expand the way they view the world. In this course, students will study the 16 principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) through the practice of haiku and by reading the work of Basho, Issa, Buson, and Shiki, as well as excerpts from Natalie Goldberg’s Three Simple Lines: a Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart. The course will culminate in the creation of individual chapbooks featuring students’ haiku and original artwork. (2 credits)

WTG 206 Introduction to Rhetoric

Rhetoric concerns itself with both creating and interpreting messages and cultural artifacts, emphasizing the value of understanding both one’s own and others’ perspectives when communicating with others. This survey course will help you improve your communication skills by examining the dynamic relationships between author and audience within their social contexts. We read and discuss articles by prominent thinkers in fields of rhetoric and communications studies, including genre theory, metaphor theory, feminist theory, cultural rhetoric, queer theory, rhetoric of the body, visual rhetoric, ecocriticism, and critical theory. Your final project calls on knowledge in the readings to dig deeper into the challenges and possibilities of human communication. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 300 Hidden Figures

In this course we listen to and celebrate voices and narratives that too often have been marginalized, over-simplified, or silenced in the literary world — whether on the grounds of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, lifestyle choices, immigration status, economic or political status, mental illness, trauma, and/or disability. We read poets and writers such as Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Henry L. Gates, Alison Bechdel, David Sedaris, Sandra Cisneros, Li-Young Lee, Joy Harjo, and many more, to explore the importance of not viewing life according to “a single story” (Adichie) or limited point of view. In our own writing, we explore themes such as loss of speech, erasure of memory, exile from community, loss of identity, stereotyping, and silencing of any kind. Even more, we focus on the exhilaration and empowerment of finding community and voice, emphasizing inclusivity, diversity, acceptance, empathy, and interconnection. Instead of “reducing complex human beings and situations to single narrative, taking away people’s humanity,” as Adichie says, we celebrate how “each individual life contains a heterogeneous compilation of stories.” You’ll use poems, essays, and stories by established poets and writers as springboards to tell your own silenced narratives, bringing to life the hidden figures of your personal memories and ancestral histories. The course culminates in a written portfolio and a public reading. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 303 Women and Contemporary Short Story

In this course, we examine the contemporary short story and celebrate its talented female authors in the last fifty years. Looking back over the history of fiction, it is far too easy to default to a collection of work, though brilliant, authored primarily by the male spectrum. Alongside these talented gentlemen has been a parallel historical narrative from the minds of brilliant women. We follow in the footsteps of these women and learn from their creative genius while writing our own collection of short stories. By looking critically at the meaning of voice, short-form plot, character, setting, and other devices, we gain a deeper understanding of this amazing art form and the role we play as writers in its making. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 304 Poetry and Transcendence

Poetry can express the unsayable and touch upon the intangible. Throughout the ages, mystics have used the language of poetry to give voice to longing, devotion, and the exaltation of consciousness. This course focuses on great mystical poets of all time: Lao Tzu, Rumi, Hafez, Mirabai, Lalla, Hadewijch, St. John of the Cross, Romantics Blake and Keats, American visionaries Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, and more. The course also explores modern and contemporary poets whose work explores transcendence in subject and/or form — among others Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Thomas Tranströmer, A. R. Ammons, Charles Wright, Tony Hoagland, Pattiann Rogers, and Mary Oliver. Students create a portfolio of their own transcendental poetry, practicing open and traditional forms, including the ghazal, pantoum, villanelle, and chant. Focus is on techniques that evoke transcendental experience — sound devices, repetition, figures of speech — as well as the relationship between words and white space, sound and silence. In this course, students learn to “see into the life of things,” as Wordsworth put it, “with an eye made quiet by the power / of harmony.” (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 205 Introduction to Fiction

In this course, we explore the range of short stories in popular fiction. This means stories that are science fiction, fantasy, romance, crime, and other popular genres. The short story offers the writer the possibility to explore story themes in the short form. This provides the freedom to convey a message, a vision or experiment with ideas without committing to a lengthy manuscript. The short story is a powerful and highly regarded literary form. Short stories like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” or Phillip K. Dick’s short story collections, are outstanding works of art. In this course, we examine the short story form and write short stories in a range of popular genres. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 212 Writing and Nature

Writing about nature celebrates our primal sources and explores ancient questions about the human experience. There is something deeply inspiring about being out in nature and this class offers the opportunity to dive into that inspiration. Taking in the fresh air, feeling the sun or rain on your face, listening to the wind rustle the leaves, or dipping your toes in a runaway stream can be transformational, and nature writing can provide you with the tools to capture it on paper. You will learn the history of nature writing through modern and classical examples, and then use those examples to help form your own nature writing. The class will also include several outings and experiences in nature to help spark the creative process, so you will keep a daily journal to record memories, observations, insights, and reflections and how they connect and are inspired by your experiences. By the end of the course, you will have created a substantial portfolio of your best work, through prewriting, drafting, and revision. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor.

WTG 214 Creativity

In this course, students explore the range of their creativity through reflection and expression. They examine the creative process through the eyes of artists and filmmakers as well as other writers. The class is designed to help students eliminate creative boundaries and develop a closer relationship with themselves and their inspirational process. (2 credits)

WTG 215 Genre Fiction Writing

Intro to Genre Writing builds a toolkit. By studying different genres, you will experience the world of options. Writing is a combination of choice—whether you choose to write in first or third person, past or present tense, or decide to write flash fiction or the beginning of a novel. You can choose to use real historical backdrops or create new worlds of your own. Understanding genres gives you a chance to explore and understand deeper truths about the human condition, from a variety of perspectives and through new lenses. We will explore sci-fi, historical, and action/adventure fiction, both by reading and writing each form. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 220 The Personal Essay

The personal essay celebrates heart and mind, exploring age-old questions about the human experience. Students learn the history of the personal essay, reading examples of personal prose discussion in Oriental and classical Literature, then tracing the origins of the modern essay tradition to the European Renaissance with the work of Michel de Montaigne. Students learn about the range and freedom of this brief “formless form” by acquainting themselves with modern and contemporary masters: Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Jorge Luis Borges, Flannery O’Connor, Annie Dillard, David Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, Mark Spragg, and more. The class also focuses on experimental, contemporary hybrids, tracing the relationship between the personal essay and flash nonfiction, the lyric essay, the “hermit crab” essay, and prose poetry. Students are encouraged to keep a daily journal in which they record memories, observations, insights, and reflections. Students also create a substantial portfolio of at least three personal essays, learning about prewriting, drafting, and revision in the process. Students are encouraged to find a natural, authentic personal voice, intimate yet not self-indulgent. In the specificity of personal reflection, it is possible to touch upon the universality of human experience. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 250 The Power of the Word

In this course, students be introduced to persuasive communication. Methods of evaluating and responding to arguments will be covered. Students learn the fundamentals of effective speech, writing and presentation, and examine those fundamentals in the contexts of storytelling, activism, advertising, and business. (4 credits)

WTG 313 Writing Short Fiction

Edgar Allen Poe once stated that everything in a short story works toward a “single effect.” Economy and precision of language make the short story the perfect narrative form. In this course, we read and study intriguing stories such as Hemingway’s “Hill’s Like White Elephants,” Grace Paley’s “A Conversations with My Father,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” and Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” as models for short fiction we write. We also look closely at elements of fiction: character, structure, point of view, imagery, and figurative language as building blocks for our own stories. Students write and workshop three short stories during the class. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 316 Hybrid Literary Forms

This course celebrates untraditional forms of creative writing and blurs classic genre lines. In the hybrid universe, no structure is off limits and no idea is too farfetched. Students learn how to change their definition of writing to be as unbounded as their imaginations. Why can’t a series of text messages turn into a short story, what is stopping us from pulling a poem out of Ikea furniture instructions, or a memoir from a food recipe? The answer is…nothing! The world has drastically changed and how we express our experience in that world can change too. Content from this class will explore authors who bent and broke the genre rules hundreds of years ago leading up to the last decade. By the end of the course, students have developed a unique portfolio and learned ways to discuss their creative choices. This is a class to break free, spread wings, and go wild with freedom of expression. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 and one other creative writing course

WTG 319 Flash Fiction & Prose Poetry

Flash fiction/prose poetry is one of the world’s most tantalizing and intriguing literary hybrids. A piece of flash, in the spirit of its name, can illuminate the awareness like a cognition, sparking transformation. A prose poem is a poem written in prose rather than verse. But what does this all really mean? In this course we explore this mysterious sub-genre in all of its dazzling variety, examining the way in which it encompasses the history of modern poetry (romanticism, symbolism, modernism, postmodernism) through the inclusion of writers such as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Kafka, Cortazar, Poe, Emerson, Bishop, Simic, and Edson. We learn how to slow down our attention and sculpt a piece of flash fiction (a piece of 150 words or more) so that it becomes a happening, striking the heart of the reader and encouraging a feeling of expansion. We excavate stylistic devices and techniques used by contemporary and bygone masters of this craft for use in our own creations. Students be guided to produce a small, chiseled body of flash pieces. Evaluation will be based on participation, completion of weekly writing assignments and prompts. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 and one other creative writing course

WTG 322 Memoir Writing

We look many forms of memoir — childhood memoir, graphic memoir (memoir in cartoon form or illustrated memoir), travel or journey memoir, eyewitness account, lyric and mosaic memoir, and more. We examine the history of the memoir and experimental techniques and contemporary hybrid forms. We read selections from memoirs by authors such as Sei Shonagon, Frank McCourt, Janet Frame, Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, Annie Dillard, Shoba Narayan, Anne Patchett, Mark Spragg, and Yang Erche Namu. The main textbook is Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, which explores the craft and technique of memoir writing in-depth. Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg provides students with useful writing prompts for their journals. Students create their own portfolio — a series of linked or unlinked memoir essays or the opening chapter(s) of a book-length manuscript. Ultimately, students learn to stand back and — in the words of Anaïs Nin — consciously experience their life twice, “in the moment and in retrospection.” (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 346 The Alchemy of Imagination

Imagination is often dismissed as being unrealistic — a subject of whim and wishful thinking reserved for children, dreamers, and the like. In truth, imagination is foundational to the arts, the sciences, and everyday life. Its existence is easily confirmed through subjective experience. For example, anyone can say, “Imagine a bright red barn with big white doors,” and suddenly it appears, wholly visible to the imaginer. That the image exists is irrefutable. However, the question of where and how it exists is open to speculation. Nonetheless, many artists, philosophers, mystics, and researchers have made significant progress in the field. Based on several of their findings, this creative writing course approaches imagination as an environment where the subtle matter of an inner image or idea is consciously encountered or fashioned. Through the study of applicable selections from literature and art, accompanied by the implementation of traditional and contemporary creative exercises, students cultivate a deeper relationship with imagination and naturally improve their ability to generate original, creative content. Throughout the course, students gradually build a collection of relatively shorter written works, each of which may be in any literary genre of their choosing. The content of each work will be determined by nothing less than the images, ideas and inspirations that naturally emerge from each student’s unique interaction with their own imagination. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 348 Beautiful Monsters

The author Billy Collins encourages his students to “…take a poem/and hold it up to the light/like a color slide…” rather than confine the poem to a specific meaning and form. In this course, we will take Collin’s advice and walk inside the rooms of our poems to “feel the walls for a light switch.” With new eyes, we will explore foundational aspects of poetry, including lineation, white space, alliteration, assonance, form, and figurative language. Through this exploration, we will expand, twist, and pull the meaning of poetry to its limits. This course will include sensory approaches to poetry, such as painting, collage, and the use of video and audio. In addition, students will create a final project designed to demonstrate their newfound vision of poetry and poetics. Prerequisite: WTG 192 and one other creative writing course

WTG 349 Images

On one level, imagery is among the most basic aspects of poetry. Composed, for the most part, in highly specific and concrete language, images provide tangible content that appeals directly to the sensory faculties of the reader. Well-crafted images allow us to “see” a garden, to “smell” a flower, or “feel” a breeze. They give the reader a distinct, literally sensual experience. On another level, however, images function as gateways to the abstract. For example, symbols and metaphors employ images that “steer” readers into the abstract regions of concept, emotion, intuition, and meaning — all of which render experiences every bit as profound as those that appeal to the senses. In this creative writing course, the image serves as a familiar and tangible center from which we may venture into subtler poetic content and devices, and to which we may return to ground our findings. Our readings will focus mostly on modern and contemporary poetry, interspersed with selections from other periods of history. Most importantly, we write our own poetry, inspired (or not) by our studies. This will involve daily in-class writing and occasional workshops. By the end of the course, students have completed a portfolio of what they consider to be their best work. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 352 Novel Writing

When we read novels, we get lost in unfamiliar or familiar worlds, find new best friends, spend hours with characters we root for, learn from, or who open our eyes to our common humanity, changing our sense of self. But transformation in fiction is not just about story; it’s also about language, imagery, dialogue, innovations in form, and moments of epiphany. Second in a two-block novel writing workshop, this course makes the daunting task of writing a novel approachable. This workshop takes a practical approach, systematically working through specialized techniques of novel writing: How to come up with a book idea that will carry you through for the long haul. How to create memorable, multidimensional, and believable characters that a reader will identify with and root for. How to map out plot and create suspense or profluence, keeping the reader riveted. How to choose point of view and handle complicated POV choices. How to take stories beyond autobiographical writing. How to find motivation to keep going. Students create storyboards, outline their books, and learn how to pitch and market fiction so it can find its niche audience. All through the block, students be exposed to the works of a wide variety of prize-winning novelists, whose methods of handling craft and technique will serve as inspiration. Please note that this course’s main focus is adult literary fiction, though the class is also relevant for those interested in genre fiction, sci-fi, teen fiction, and/or book-length memoir. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 380 Advanced Poetry Workshop

The poet Victor Hernandez Cruz says, “Poetry gives us revelations, flashes, which illuminate those things which were mysterious to us.” Becoming a great poet has to do with tuning in to your own voice — the rhythm, sound, images, and form of your poems — in a deeply self-referential way. The Advanced Poetry Workshop offers students the opportunity to profoundly hone craft and technique while focusing on a serious body of work. Students familiarize themselves in-depth with the contemporary canon, using the work of great poets to analyze the precise mechanics of form, line break, punctuation, sound devices, imagery, figurative language, point of view, and more. Textbooks are The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux and The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes. Part of this course is a workshop; students receive rigorous feedback on their work from peers as well as faculty, since revision and experimentation are a vital component of the mature poet’s process. The final portfolio in this class should be of publishable quality. The procedures for submitting work for publication will be discussed, and at the end of this course, students are required to submit several poems to a literary magazine or contest of choice. The culminating event of the course will be a public reading. (4 credits) Prerequisites: WTG 192, plus WTG 204 or WTG 304 or consent of the instructor

WTG 371 Writing to Publish

Writing to Publish is an advanced writing course designed to guide experienced writers through the publication process. This class teaches writers how to acutely edit their work, select a market for their work, and the intricate details about what publishers and editors and looking for. Upon completion, students have submitted several pieces for publication. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 306 Graphic Narrative

Graphic narrative — a genre of literature combining writing and art — has become increasingly popular in the past decades. The term “graphic novel” broadly refers to any fictional or nonfiction story told by means of both writing and illustration — often, though not necessarily, in cartoon form. Students read selections from various award-winning graphic novels and memoirs, among them Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou, Persepolis by Marjane Sarpati, and Fun Home and Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, and Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. Students are expected to write and illustrate their own graphic narratives during the class, studying craft and technique relevant to the genre with help of the textbook Making Comics by Scott McCloud. Lab fee: $35 for materials. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 372 Memoir as Resistance

As Margaret Atwood once said, “A word after a word after a word is power.” The act of writing about oppressions we have personally experienced or witnessed can be liberating. Many authors have empowered themselves and their communities by writing about social justice issues, such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism, ableism, and the growing climate crisis. In this course, students will read and discuss the memoirs of Audre Lorde, Janet Mock, Kate Bornstein, James Baldwin, Julia Butterfly Hill, Winona LeDuke, and other activists. In addition, students will create a portfolio–a series of linked or unlinked essays or the opening chapter(s) of a book-length manuscript–that explores their connection to issues of Social Justice. Prerequisite: WTG 192 and one other creative writing course. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

WTG 396 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

We all carry stories inside of us. Memories of significant moments, wild summers, treks through foreign countries, and childhood adventures echo through our everyday. We carry these little fires with us but sometimes lack the tools to truly transform them into the literary works of art they were meant to be. This course offers an advanced study in the art of creative nonfiction — innovative techniques in the art of personal essay, flash nonfiction, memoir, and other hybrid forms in the genre that build on the instruction from previous nonfiction courses. Through advanced workshops and reworking a piece through multiple drafts, students learn the power of true revision and submit one piece for publication by the end of the block. The result: a master portfolio of a few select pieces of nonfiction that represent each person’s true heart and mind. The goal is to learn to translate from experience to the page. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192, WTG 220, WTG 322 or equivalent course

WTG 474 Creative Writing Studio

The Creative Studio is for advanced students seeking concentrated, high-level immersion in craft. Students receive in-depth, challenging feedback on their Senior Project or another advanced project of their choice during this course. Students are encouraged to reach beyond their boundaries, experiment, and keep an open mind. The studio offers a master class diving into the subtle mechanics of technique. The aim is to create a body of work that can be submitted as a portfolio for publication. The Creative Writing Studio provides the perfect preparation for publication and/or graduate work in creative writing, allowing students to try out the professional writing life. (4 credits) Prerequisite: Requires instructor consent

Literature courses

LIT 209 Introduction to Literature

“What is literature?” Generally, literature means anything written. Specifically, literature is an art form made up of several genres: the novel, the short story, lyric and narrative poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. The word literature refers to writing we consider art. Our literary touchstones are the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer, the poetry of Emily Dickinson and John Keats, and the novels of Jane Austen, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison. “What is the value of literature?” Life is in balance when the objective and subjective are equally appreciated. In recent decades, the objective world of science and technology has held sway. But for those of us who lean strongly towards the subjective, the inner and outer world of the artist, we are continuously drawn to the beauty, the majesty, and joy of the arts, whether it be the fine arts, architecture, music, or literature. In this course, we will read among the best examples from various literary genres, and we will study the characteristics that make up those genres. (4 credits)

LIT 217 Modern Poetry

The poetry of the Modern Period marked a significant break from the reigning poetic structures and sensibilities that preceded it. The likes of end rhyme and precise metrical patterns were relaxed (if not wholly removed) to make way for subtler structures, spacious enough to accommodate a poetics more in keeping with “ordinary” language and experience—a poetics more attentive to the “as is” aspects of life, human nature, and so forth. By so doing, poetry invited the commonplace or “less-spectacular,” or even, the “less-profound” more readily into its fold. Or to put it another way, the potential for poetry became, in certain ways, more prevalent. In terms of structure, the Moderns’ emphasis on free verse may be said to have contributed most to this shift—along with a more welcoming attitude toward ambiguity, fragmentation, and a renewed commitment to imagery as expressed in one famous axiom of the time: “No ideas but in things.” This course focuses on the beauty and depth of the poetry of the Moderns, like Marianne Moore, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Wallace Stevens, and others. We will address not only what is deep or beautiful or meaningful, but also those aspects of the poetic craft itself that make it so. (4 credits)

LIT 240 Literature of the African Diaspora

In this course, students will examine the oral and written traditions of the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora is a term that refers to communities of people descended from West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas and Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries. Although dispersed through the world, these communities retained a consciousness of shared origins and struggles, as well as shared visions of collective liberation. Students will read and discuss folk tales and spirituals, as well as the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Frantz Fanon, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janet Mock, and N.K. Jemisin. In addition, they will write weekly reflections on the themes of Freedom, Identity, Liberation, and Futurity, culminating in the completion of a 6-8 page essay that explores the connection between course themes and course literature. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192.

LIT 307 The Romantics and the Transcendentalists

Romanticism was born in Germany in the early 18th century with the import and translation of Vedic Scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and The Upanishads. By the 19th century it immigrated to Great Britain and The United States. Romanticism was largely a reaction to Realism, which portrayed the way one sees the world through the outer senses. Romanticism, in contrast, focuses on the inner world of human life. Much of Romanticism emphasizes the psychological, but the most elevated forms plumb the depths of the spiritual. This area of Romanticism we call Transcendental. Conventionally, many use the term to apply specifically to the 19th century American movement that spawned Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. More generally, Transcendentalism in the West begins with the Germans of the 18th century and includes poets and writers writing today. In this course, we primarily focus on the poetry of such writers as Wordsworth and Coleridge, Shelley and Keats, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and Wallace Stevens. We also read from Emerson’s essays, Thoreau’s Walden, and the novels Sidhartha by Herman Hesse and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

LIT 324 Evolution of Film

This film survey traces the evolution of primarily American and European cinema from the early days of Griffith and Eisenstein through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. It includes examples of history-shaping movements such as Soviet formalism, German expressionism, French realism, Italian neo-realism, film noir, surrealism, and nouvelle vague. As in LIT 363, we watch a selection of some of the finest “world masterpieces on film,” including the films of Ford, Bergman, Fellini, and Kurosawa. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor.

LIT 329 Egyptian Mythology

Originating in Africa, Egyptian mythology provides content and themes distinct from western perspectives while, paradoxically, being foundational to them. When westerners hear the word “mythology,” they usually think to the Greeks. Which makes sense since Greek mythology was assimilated by the Romans, whose influence then spread through Europe and eventually to the Americas via those European nations. However, few are aware that the Greeks absorbed a significant portion of their mythology (and knowledge of other things) from the Egyptians. Egyptian mythology is complex, with no one identifiable source. Rather, their myths have been compiled piecemeal from wherever they are found: carved into the ceilings and walls of pyramids, or on the coffin-lids of pharaohs, or etched into obelisks, stelae and other works. Furthermore, the stories and gods of Ancient Egypt vary significantly from region to region. In the Delta marshes of Saïs, for instance, the chief deity and source of life is Neith (a syncretization of the great goddess Isis). But travel farther south to Heliopolis and the sun-god Atum-Re holds sway, and with a different set of myths. And from there, cross the Nile into Memphis, and now Ptah heads the pantheon. Other myths, however, saturated all of Ancient Egypt, like the myth of Isis and Osiris, with its focus on death and rebirth. And on Horus as the archetype of renewal, as seen in the Amduat (which provides a comprehensive account of the “sun’s” underworld/night-sea journey). This course examines these myths, attending to their thematic, archeological, and archetypal aspects, while considering also what potential values or use such knowledge might have for us in the 21st century. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor.

LIT 330 Medieval Literature

The period between the fall of Rome and the rise of the European Renaissance is often referred to as the “Dark Ages.” However, it produced some of the greatest literature of all time. In this course we’ll study various great works written between the early Middle Ages and the beginning of the European Renaissance: Beowulf, the greatest warrior epic in the English language and the starting point for written English culture; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri; The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. We’ll also explore the quest for the Holy Grail, Arthurian Romances of Camelot and the Round Table, the chivalric romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and courtly love poetry, which was at the heart of a spiritual and social renaissance. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 331 Fantasy Literature

We live in a time in which the world of fantasy has never been more popular. Everyone is aware of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but fantasy literature goes back as far as recorded history. Homer’s The Odyssey is the stuff of pure fantasy, from one fantastic adventure to the next. The same can be said about Norse mythology, Beowulf, and the Arthurian tales of the Middle Ages. One starting point for fantasy is the Gothic stories of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In this course we attempt to define fantasy, possibly breaking it into sub-genres, examine its core characteristics, and look at the genre historically while leaving time for reading some of the best contemporary fantasy. We may supplement our course with some excellent examples of fantasy from the world of film, time permitting. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 332 J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion provides the history and mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in rich and sweeping narratives that are, literally, of epic proportion. In these pages, we learn in detail how the Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Wizards, Hobbits—and even, deities—came to be. We track the long story of the original dark lord to whom Sauron was but a servant; or we meet briefly the Maiar goddess instrumental in Gandalf’s training, or of how (and in a sense, why) Middle Earth was made, and much more. Being a world-class scholar of mythology, languages and literature, Tolkien infuses these tales with a style that at times reads like fantasy fiction, and at others, carries the full weight of any world-mythology, replete with tradition and archetypal nuance. Perhaps of most value, however, are the themes of this work which emphasize the presence of light in the midst of darkness, and the beauty that emerges from the soul’s perseverance in the face of dire challenge and loss. This course focuses primarily on The Silmarillion proper, while including some abridged auxiliary content from such sources as Beowulf, the Finnish Kalevala, the Norse Edda, and a few other traditions of relevance. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 336 Shakespeare’s Festival of Drama

Comedy is a discovery of perfection, of harmony, of one’s Self, of an underlying spiritual existence. It is the triumph over adversity, fear, and suffering. It is the celebration of life eternal. In this course, we examine the nature of comedy and many of Shakespeare’s favorite themes such as love, order, immortality, and right action. Tragedy is the desire to aspire for perfection. Among the plays we read are Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 340 F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway

During the 1920’s of the previous century, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were literary giants, rivals, and sometimes friends. They both helped to shape the expatriate movement in Paris and the Modernism movement in America. We examine their relationship both biographically and in terms of the literature they created. We read The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, and a selection of short stories by each. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 342 The Novels of Jane Austen

This course examines the forces that brought the most popular literary genre of modern times — the novel — into being. Jane Austen is hailed by her legions of admirers the greatest novelist in the English language. Austen wrote at the time when long literary works were taking on a definite shape that came to be known as the novel, a name that suggests the newness of the form. In this course, we read Austen’s three best novels, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion, and we look closely at those characteristics that shaped the most popular form of literature for going on three centuries. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 343 Gender Studies

What is gender? How do its biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological dimensions interact? What is performative gender, and in what ways do we all engage in it? How does gender influence culture, and how does culture influence gender? What role does gender play in history? How do the performative aspects of gender interact with identity, sexuality, economics, culture, and politics? What is the role of gender in literature? What can literature teach about expressions of LGBTQ+ lives and identities through time? How do people talk about gender, both historically and contemporarily? What is feminism, and how is it also good for men? Why does the issue of representation matter so much in shaping public rhetoric around gender and sexuality? How can literature build empathy for the lived experience of transgender individuals? How do feminist and LGBTQ+ literary theories influence the interpretation of historic and contemporary texts? Why is gender such a big deal, anyway? Come find out what great artists and thinkers have to say about these questions and more as we explore literature and literary theories involving gender. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 348 Modern British Literature

“Make it New!” was the clarion cry of a whole generation of writers at the turn of the twentieth century. Poets, novelists, and dramatists all wanted to break with a past they saw as corrupt and outdated. Everything concerning content and form was up for grabs. These explorers of the imagination began to investigate the previously uncharted dimensions of linguistic possibilities. One of their first choices was to take the attention of their audiences within. Modern European writers in all genres developed new literary techniques to express the deeper realities of consciousness at the basis of thought and human behavior. Combating the forces of urbanization, isolation, industrialization, and the decline of religion, such modern novelists as Forster, Woolf, Lawrence, and Joyce, and such poets as the French Symbolists, Yeats, Eliot, Thomas, and Auden took refuge in a transcendental vision of life. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 351 Modern American Literature

Reacting to the prosaic objectivism of the realist movement, the decline of Western spirituality, and the moral excess of the industrial revolution and European imperialism, a new movement in the arts called Modernism attempted to take the individual back to the spiritual source of the Transcendentalists and its Oriental transcendental roots. Leaders in this movement included Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, and Cather in fiction, and Frost, Eliot, Williams, Stevens, Moore, and Hughes in poetry. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 355 Asian Literature

Students study literature from Eastern and/or Middle Eastern countries, including China, Japan, and Persia (Iran). We emphasize writers and texts with a profound understanding of spirituality and deep human values. Works may include Lao Tsu’s Tao de Ching, the writings of Zhuangzi, the Confucian Odes, T’ang poetry, the poetry of Kabir, Tagore, Rumi, and Hafiz. Novelists may include Murakami, Kawabata, Mishima, and Narayan. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 356 Contemporary Fiction

Over time, the artistic output of a specific generation gets codified and becomes representative of a generation. For example, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville became known as the foremost writers of American Romanticism in the mid19th Century. In the contemporary world, who will come to represent the first decades of the 21t century has yet to be determined. However, in this course, we explore writers who we may call the voices of the New Millennium, writers who speak in a language closest to our own. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 357 Archetypes of the Quest

Virtually all world-mythologies contain or center around a Quest where gods and mortals alike set out to accomplish tasks of great significance. In most cases, the quest revolves around the figures of the hero and the heroine, both of whom sacrifice personal ambitions on behalf of family, a loved one, or an entire culture. Mythology is archetypal in that it reveals, through theme and symbol, the natural patterns of human experience and our relationship to the cosmos. In this sense, every character of every story corresponds in some way with structures and energies within us, the collective, and the physical world we inhabit. For example, a dragon perched on its hoard illustrates the conditions and consequences of greed, resentment, apathy, isolation, and the like. And so, these conditions are given a tangible form (a dragon) that is set into a narrative as a threshold guardian that must be passed to reap the treasures of appreciation, compassion, and community. This course examines the quest-motif in myth and literature along with its transformative influence upon the characters we read about and upon ourselves. The course draws from a broad selection of world-mythologies and literature, including Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Indian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, Native American, and Shamanic traditions. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor.

LIT 363 The Art of Film

Stories are as old as time, and they are told in every language from every culture. They are also found in different genres: the novel, the short story, drama, and narrative poetry, each with its own variety of techniques. Film is another narrative form also with its distinct language and its own technical forms. And just as we study plot, character, setting and point-of-view to better understand the craft and meaning of fiction, we study the use of light, the variety of shots, camera angles, and the mise-en-scene to understand the visual language of film. We also examine the contributions of the co-creators of a film: the screenwriter, the director, the cinematographer, the producer, the set designer, and the actors, to name a few. In this course, we focus on films from the last decades of the 20th century and those from the present century, including Run Lola Run, Road to Perdition, Volver, The Descendants, White, Moonrise Kingdom, Stranger than Fiction, Three Billboards, The Shape of Water. We also sample a few films by some of the world’s great directors from the golden age of cinema. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 368 Contemporary Film

In this course, we watch a set of excellent films from the past three decades. Our focus will be on what makes a film art and not simply entertainment. We regularly use standard film techniques and their variations, such as lighting, camera angles, mise-en-scène, and movement in discussing films, but we also closely examine specific scenes to more deeply understand how films tell stories visually. We consider such narrative elements as beginnings and endings, foreshadowing, character development, point-of-view, symbolic patterning. Some of the films we watch may include Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Yimou Zhang’s House of Flying Daggers, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Red, Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, The Cohen Brothers’ O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tom Twyker’s The Princess and the Warrior, Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog, and Luc Besson’s Lucy. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 371 The Lord of the Rings

In the first half of the twentieth century, J.R.R. Tolkien, an Oxford Medieval and Linguistics Professor, wrote one of the great epics of modern times. The Lord of the Rings has become a literary phenomenon, a critical success, a cult classic, and an enormously popular novel sequence that has never fallen out of favor. Moreover, it has spawned a subsidiary industry that includes films, TV productions, games, toys, and LOR art. The Lord of the Rings has emerged as the quintessential fantasy/myth to which all modern myths pay homage, an archetypal tale that speaks to the heart of human beings on the very meaning and purpose of life. In this course, we read the trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. We also consult the prequels to the trilogy, The Silmarillion and The Hobbit. When appropriate, we look at scenes from Peter Jackson’s famous film sequence. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 380 Seminar on Special Topics

Periodically, seminars on special topics are offered by visiting professors or resident faculty. This course may be repeated subject to satisfactory progress in the previous course and a clear plan for the progression of learning in the subsequent course. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor

LIT 499 Directed Study in Literature

In a directed study in literature, students can explore a research topic in-depth under faculty guidance. The faculty mentor designs and agrees to the assignments, readings, and course content. (Variable credits) Prerequisites: WTG 192, plus consent of the department chairs and the program director, plus consent of the Academic Standards Committee

To graduate, students must also satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree .

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Leah received her bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. At NAU, Leah worked as the Assistant Managing Editor for Thin Air Magazine and an instructor of composition writing.

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